The 6th Amstel Curaçao Race taking place on Saturday, November 3 will not see retiring pro Michael Boogerd line up one last time on the tropical island of the same name. The Dutchman still has problems with his injured knee which led him to cancel his participation in the Giro di Lombardia in October, and even interfered with his farewell race on the Cauberg in his home country one day after the last ProTour race of the season.
Boogerd wanted to get on the bike one last time in Curaçao, where he is currently on a holiday with his family, but his knee wound still hasn't healed properly. "As long as the wound is still open, I can't do any sports," the 35 year-old told the Algemeen Dagblad. "I can't even play in the water with my son. It's a real shame."
Participants in the Amstel Curaçao Race include such other famous names as Tom Boonen (Quickstep), Alberto Contador (Discovery Channel) and Fränk Schleck (CSC).