INJURED HUNT OUT OF FLANDERS
Jeremy Hunt’s knee injury caused by a crash last week in Belgium last week means the Unibet.com pro will not be taking part in the Tour of Flanders.
With a ride in Ghent-Wevelgem looking unlikely unless the Devonian makes a fast recovery and his team not granted a start in Paris-Roubaix, a season which began with a strong win in the GP D’Ouverture now risks turning sour for Hunt.
“I won’t be doing Flanders, that’s for sure.” Hunt told CW’s website. “I need more rest to get this injury sorted out. The swelling’s going down, but training isn’t helping it at all.”
Hunt will wait until the weekend before making a final decision about Ghent-Wevelgem.
With no Hunt taking part, two Britons are currently certain to be at the start-line for Flanders on Sunday - David Millar (Saunier Duval-Prodir) and Roger Hammond (T-Mobile). Steve Cummings (Discovery Channel) also possible.
In other Flanders news, Quick Step have denied reports that Paolo Bettini may not be participating. However, Boonen’s team are more worried about Peter Van Petegem, the double winner of Belgium’s top race, who is currently suffering from the start of tendinitis in one knee.