By Hedwig Kröner in Digne-les-Bains
Liberty Seguros sprinter Allan Davis had to quit Paris-Nice today because of ongoing stomach problems. But the Australian will return to his European home in the Basque country tomorrow to overcome the bug - and eventually get ready for the "Primavera" next Saturday, a race the man from Bundaberg feels very much attracted to.
"Two days ago, I got stomach illness," Davis told Cyclingnews in the team's hotel off Digne-les-Bains on Friday evening. "On the first mountain stage, I had vomiting on the last 50 kilometres, and in the evening I had a bit of diarrhoea and I felt it yesterday. Today, I started again with the same feelings on the bike, so I had to stop and hopefully recover before next Sunday.
"I'm very happy with my form so I don't want to ruin it. I've trained the whole off-season for now, and I'm only a little bit away from a good victory, I think. If I can recover this weekend and train well over the next week, I should be good for Milano-San Remo."