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Bennati will start the Ronde, despite leg injury

By:
Peter Hymas
Published:
April 04, 2009, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 18:15 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for April 4, 2009
Daniele Bennati (Liquigas)

Daniele Bennati (Liquigas)

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Daniele Bennati will be present on the Ronde van Vlaanderen start line on Sunday, despite suffering...

Daniele Bennati will be present on the Ronde van Vlaanderen start line on Sunday, despite suffering lingering effects of a crash in stage two of Tirreno-Adriatico.

"Daniele doesn't want to miss it and, in conjunction with the medical staff, we have decided to support his desire," said Stefano Zanatta, Liquigas directeur sportif in a statement. "During Driedaagse De Panne he showed good condition until the pain became acute again."

The team doctor Roberto Corsetti explained the recovery process of Bennati since his accident. "The day after Daniele crashed, he started to feel a light pain in the muscle of his right thigh which faded during the remainder of Tirreno-Adriatico. At Milano-Sanremo, in the final kilometres, the pain reappeared more intensely. We decided for three days of complete rest together with physiotherapy work. Prior to leaving for Belgium his situation clearly improved.

"Considering that the participation of Daniele in the Ronde van Vlaanderen will not compromise his next scheduled races, and in respect of the strong will showed by the athlete, we have decided to let him start," continued Corsetti.

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