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Terpstra out of Tour of Flanders?

Category: Cycling

Niki TerpstraA broken collarbone would mean that Niki Terpstra (Quick Step) won't have the chance to race the Tour of Flanders. The rider crashed on stage 3b of the Three Days of De Panne and it seems like he wasn't too lucky this time.

The crash happened in the final time trial. The Dutch rider was fighting to try to take the overall victory, but the vicious cross winds was difficult to handle and suddenly he was down.

"I'm not a doctor but it looks like a broken collar bone or shoulder. It's too early to make a call but at the moment it looks like we'll have to bring in Guillaume Van Keirsbulck," team boss Patrick Lefevere told Cyclingnews.

Terpstra has been in quite good shape lately, and he was one of the riders to fight the hardest at last week's E3 Prijs Vlaanderen. He would surely have worked the hardest possible to make Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) and Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma Lotto) lose at Sunday's Tour of Flanders.

"With him and maybe and Sylvain Chavanel we could have played a couple of jokers in Flanders," Lefevere said.

"We'll problaby go with eight riders but we've got riders who can't come in because they're either injured or have other goals. We lost a strong rider today who would have made it into the final on Sunday."

Tom Boonen, a two-time winner in the race, will participate and perhaps he can win, even though it doesn't seem likely.

Basso not satisfied with March results

Category: Cycling

Ivan BassoIvan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) isn't happy about his results in March. He just didn't do well enough at Tirreno-Adriatico, nor the Volta a Catalunya.

In February, the Italian rider won GP Lugano, but this month just hasn't been as good.

"I'm the first one not to be satisfied with what I gathered in March and in such cases it's right to recognise that," Basso said. "My objectives were, and are, to ride the spring at a high level."

However, what some athletes think is bad results, might be the best result another rider will ever have. Basso may not be satisfied, because he had wished for victory, but having finished 7th on the queen mountain stage to Andorra in the Volta a Catalunya, and finished in the same position overall, just isn't bad at all. Nor should he be sad about his 4th place finish at Tirreno-Adriatico.

But emotions are sometimes difficult to understand. Sometimes we know that one's way to feel is wrong, but how can you prevent it? It seems like an impossible task.

Basso found something to be happy about though. His form is better than it was this time last year.

"My athletic performance was positive, better than it was in the spring of 2010," Basso said. "For this reason the fact that I didn't win doesn't worry me: the condition is there. Now I will tackle the April races, with routes that on paper are more demanding and more suited to my characteristics, so I'm convinced I can do well."

No more spring classics for Bennati this season

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Daniele BennatiDaniele Bennati (Leopard Trek) has decided to not participate in the rest of the spring classics this season.

Instead of racing the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix he wants to prepare himself for the Giro d'Italia. Bennati had a great Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, but as he suffers from an Achilles tendon injury, the Italian rider doesn't think it would be good to start.

"I'm very sorry, because these races fascinate me and because I'd have liked to have been of help to Cancellara," Bennati told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Even on Sunday after the race we had a meeting with the heads of the team. They asked me if I was really certain that I wasn't riding [the rest of the classics]. With a heavy heart I said I was. I'll ride the Circuit de la Sarthe and the Tour of Romandie, and you'll see me at the Giro."

"Nobody is able to provide me with the certainty that the tendon wouldn't inflame as a result of the vibrations of the pave," Bennati said. "At the end of the season we’ll see if it might be a case of having some special therapy or an operation. But first they must guarantee me that the solution would be definitive."