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86th Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) - CDM

Belgium, April 7, 2002

RVV News for April 5

Tchmil vows to return

Andrei Tchmil says that he does not want to end his career in a hospital bed, after his crash on the Kemmelberg resulted in a torn quadriceps muscle and two broken fingers, one on each hand. He has flown home to Italy to recover, and will certainly miss the Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix, but wants to return in time for the Amstel Gold Race on April 28.

Team manager Jos Braeckevelt announced in De Panne that Tchmil will stop his career after the World Championships in Zolder, Belgium, instead of after the spring season. "He will ride a little longer, he still wants to win something. He is an iron man, he has never broken anything. This was the first time he visited a hospital."

The Lotto team for Sunday will be: Peter Van Petegem, Nico Eeckhout, Serge Baguet, Hans De Clercq, Stefan Van Dijk, Glenn D'Hollander, Aart Vierhouten and Thierry Marichal.

Mapei without Freire in RVV

Mapei-Quick Step will have to do without Oscar Freire in this weekend's Ronde Van Vlaanderen, as the Spaniard is still suffering from an inflamed Achilles tendon. The Mapei team for Sunday will be Laszlo Bodrogi, Fabien De Waele, Tom Steels, Robert Hunter, Daniele Nardello, Andrea Tafi, Stefano Zanini and Paolo Bettini.

Freire hopes to be back for Fl¸che Wallonne and Li¸ge-Bastogne-Li¸ge.

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