Together with directeur sportif Erik Dekker, Rabobank's Michael Boogerd trained on the last 130 kilometres of the Ronde van Vlaanderen parcours on Wednesday. Dekker, who was in the team car following his former teammate, thought that the reconnaissance was necessary for the Spring Classics veteran.
"It was very useful - that new climb on the parcours, the Eikenmolen, was surprising," said Dekker, who was quite satisfied with Boogerd's condition. "Michael was going strong, I assure you!"
Boogerd, winner of the 1999 Amstel Gold Race, has an impressive list of podium placings in this event and Liège-Bastogne-Liège on his palmarès, but he was not able to score a Spring Classics victory ever since. The Dutchman will be racing the E3 Prijs Harelbeke on Saturday, as well as the Flèche Brabançonne on Sunday, just like his teammate Oscar Freire.