Fabian Cancellara of Trek-Segafredo refused to let the Belgian bomb situation derail his final Classics season, driving all the way from Switzerland to Belgium to ride E3 and Gent-Wevelgem.
"Sabine (Luber, team soigneur) was there and Greg (Rast) also has to complete a last training. Then they'll drive over here. It's probably a seven hour drive. Maybe it was possible to find something in Ostend or Charleroi but if it's Paris or Amsterdam then you have to add a three hour car drive too. That's why we opted to get a shower after the training ride and drive off," DS Dirk Demol told Cyclingnews.
Demol hopes that Stijn Devolder can recover from the illness that has held him back this week to be ready to support Cancellara in the big races.
"He's been very sick [during the Belgian opening weekend]. For two days he had fever. I told him that for every day with fever he had to stay inside for two days. My words didn't help. He trained too hard while his body wasn't recovered yet. That way he had a kickback. After the Strade Bianche he was very downhearted but I told him to ride Tirreno and saw him improving. The last few days we've been training hard, also behind the scooter. We're working on it. It's still two weeks to Flanders and three weeks to Roubaix," Demol said.
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