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Cycling-Pozzovivo in Giro d'Italia horror crash

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SESTRI LEVANTE, Italy, May 11 (Reuters) - Italian Domenico Pozzovivo was carried away lying motionless on a stretcher after crashing in a descent during the third stage of the Giro d'Italia on Monday.

The AG2R-La Mondiale rider, one of the contenders for a podium finish, hit the ground head first with about 40 kilometres left in the 136-km ride between Rapallo and Sestri Levante.

The 32-year-old, fifth overall in last year's race, was put in an ambulance wearing a neck brace and wrapped in a survival blanket.

The accident brought back memories from the 2011 Giro during which Belgian Wouter Weylandt died after crashing during the third stage.

(Writing by Julien Pretot; Editing by XXXX)

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