Mehdi Sohrabi (Lotto-Belisol) believed he would start today's Le Samyn, but to visa problems, the Iranian cyclist must delay his 2012 European debut. He is now expected to start in the Three Days of West Flanders.
Sohrabi did not receive his visa in time and therefore, he arrived in Belgium too late for today's race, according to Het Nieuwsblad.
Sohrabi is making his WorldTour debut this year. He started his season in Tour Down Under and later finished second in the Asian championships road race.
Jürgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol) is back on the rollers and hopes to get back on the bike later this week. However, he won't be racing again until May at the earliest.
Roelandts suffered a broken vertebra and bruised arteries in a crash at the Tour Down Under last month. He seemed to recover well, but was recently taken to hospital with a blood clot which affected the flow of blood to his brain. Now, he takes blood thinners to counteract the problem.
“It's gradually getting better,” he told Het Nieuwsblad. “Since this weekend, I have been training on the rollers, twice a day for half an hour. I don't do it every day, but I do try to stay active. In addition I go to the physiotherapist for my shoulder.”
As a result of the blood clot, he suffers some concentration problems but that will disappear soon.
“That's not serious, but if I make a sudden movement, I realize I am still not myself.”
This week, he hopes to be back on the road again, but will be a little careful the first time. If something happens he wants to have somebody near him.
“I may not train on my own. I will do so in the company of others. I look forward to returning to cycling.”
But then he has to wait until May, maybe longer, before he can start to race.
“I must go under the scanner again in early May. Until then I will certainly not race. I will be happy if I get the green light.”
Pierre Rolland (Europcar) may miss the Paris-Nice due to a knee injury sustained at last week’s Tour de Haut Var. He banged his knee against his stem when his chain slipped and sadly that incident may cost him participation in the French race, that starts on Sunday.
“I had never had problems with my knees before, but so be it, that doesn’t mean much,” Rolland told L’Équipe.
This week, he has been off the bike, but something happened when he tried to ride on his turbo trainer.
“I felt a niggle on the rollers, but it was nothing compared to the pain I felt from the vibrations on the road,” he said.
He has a minor lesion on the cartilage of his right patella. Rolland withdrew from today's Le Samyn race, and tonight he will make a decision on his participation in Paris-Nice.
“Paris-Nice is five hours a day, and after a full hour of training, the pain came back,” Rolland explained. “It worries me a little because after ten days, even with rest and physiotherapy sessions, it hasn’t gone away.
“[Paris-Nice is] the hardest race physically and mentally, with two days of echelons, violent efforts in the cold and a peloton where everybody is in good condition.”
“Together with the management, we’ll take a decision on Wednesday,” he explained. “I’m still hoping in an improvement, but if that’s not the case, there’s no question of insisting. It’s unthinkable that I would ride if I’m still injured.”