Two-time Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso withdrew from Vuelta a Espana on Saturday suffering from hypothermia.

The actual Italian had been seventh overall heading in to the 155. 7km 14th stage from Baga in order to Andorra, that was hit by heavy rain and freezing temperatures.

Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez also pulled out because of hypothermia.

Vincenzo Nibali expanded his overall lead to 50 seconds and Ireland’s Nicholas Roche fallen to sixth, because Daniele Ratto broke of winning acting.

Cannondale’s Ratto directed from start to finish and has been part of an earlier five-man breakaway group, before taking to the front on his own using more than 40km to go to finish in front of Astana’s Nibali.

Nibali finished three minutes and 53 seconds further back again, overtaking American Christopher Horner in the final metres of the competition.

Roche, child of Tour de England and Giro d’Italia winner Stephen, had been second overall however dropped back to depart him four minutes and six seconds behind the year of 2010 champion Nibali in the general category.

Consequence of stage fourteen:

one Daniele Ratto (Italy or Cannondale) 4: twenty four: 00″

2 . Vincenzo Nibali (Italy or Astana) +3: 53″

3. Chris Horner (U. S. or RadioShack) +3: 55″

4. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain or Katusha) +4: 11″

5. Samuel Sanchez (Spain or Euskaltel) +4: 19″

6. Alejandro Valverde (Spain or Movistar) +4: 43″

6. Thibaut Pinot (France or FDJ. fr) +4: 46″

Overall standing after 14 levels:

one Vincenzo Nibali (Italy or Astana) 53: 56: 49″

2 . Chris Horner (U. S. or RadioShack) +50″

3. Alejandro Valverde (Spain or Movistar) +1: 42″

4. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain or Katusha) +2: 57″

5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy or AG2R) +3: 43″

6. Nicolas Roche (Ireland or Saxo-Tinkoff) +4: 06″