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

Belgium, April 7, 2002

RVV News for April 6

Lampre-Daikin for the Ronde

Ludo Dierckxsens, Max Sciandri and Zbigniew Spruch will be the Lampre-Daikin top men for the classics, and we can expect smilin' Ludo to show himself at the front. "The Paris-Roubaix is still the most suitable Classic for my characteristics but I'm sure I will be able to be in the front next Sunday," he says. "My favourites? Van Petegem, Museeuw and the Mapei bunch. I will try to manage my energies in the best way but do not expect me to act like an accountant!"

Dierckxsens is glad for the return of the Koppenberg: "The finale of the Ronde van Vlaanderen will be more difficult than last year. That's better: for the public and, maybe, for me too!"

The team for the Ronde is: Raivis Belohvosciks, Ludo Dierckxsens, Gabriele Missaglia, Luciano Pagliarini, Maximilian Sciandri, Marco Serpellini, Zbigniew Spruch and Johan Verstrepen

US Postal for the Ronde

George Hincapie will be the US Postal team leader at the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, and he can expect a solid degree of support from his teammate Lance Armstrong. Both are riding well at the moment although Armstrong has not ridden the Ronde since 1996, when he finished 28th.

The team is: George Hincapie (USA), Lance Armstrong (USA), Tom Boonen (Bel), David Clinger (USA), Gianpaolo Mondini (Ita), Pavel Padrnos (Cze), Matthew White (Aus), Christian Vandevelde (USA)

Den Bakker will miss Ronde

Maarten den Bakker (Rabobank) will not start on Sunday in the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, as he is suffering from a cold. Coen Boerman will take his place. Also, Addy Engels will not be riding in the Vuelta a Pais Vasco or the Ardennes Classics as he has chicken pox. His place will be taken by Thorwald Veneberg.

Rabobank team for the Ronde: Marc Wauters, Coen Boerman, Steven De Jongh, Mathew Hayman, Matthˇ Pronk, Markus Zberg, Jan Boven and Karsten Kroon.

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