Michael Boogerd of Team Rabobank is afraid he may have to skip the Tour de France in his last year as a professional cyclist. A persistent knee injury is making it difficult to train and ride. He had some problems with the knee before, but it got worse at the Volta a Catalunya.
"I was very scared," he told hln.be. "Rather than go through that, I would scrap the Tour." The Dutch rider does not think that the problem stems from overwork. "That is impossible," he said. "I had four days of rest, then went to Catalunya, where the pain started after two days. It hurt so badly going uphill that I could no longer pedal." He dropped out during the fourth stage.