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Davis returns to competition in France today

By:
Greg Johnson
Published:
September 12, 2009, 8:12 BST,
Updated:
September 12, 2009, 12:48 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, September 12, 2009
Allan Davis (Quick Step) started his season on a high note by winning the Tour Down Under.

Allan Davis (Quick Step) started his season on a high note by winning the Tour Down Under.

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Australian hopes gastro problems behind him

 Australia’s Allan Davis will return to competition in France today, after withdrawing from the Vuelta a Espana earlier in the week. The Tour Down Under winner will take part in Paris-Bruxelles, alongside Sylvain Chavanel and Steven De Jongh, hoping that the gastroenteritis which ended his Vuelta campaign are gone.

“I hope the problem has been resolved,” said Davis. “I feel much better, yesterday I trained for five hours and the sensations on the bike were very good. Tomorrow I’ll be at the starting line in the Paris-Bruxelles, the first time I’ve ever ridden in this classic.”

Davis’ team-mate Carlos Barredo also withdrew from the Vuelta during the ninth stage. Barredo was suffering from similar issues to those experienced by Davis.

“Right now the most important thing for me is to compete,” said Davis. “And find some continuity in the races, especially as we build up to the World Championships in Mendrisio. After the Paris-Bruxelles my schedule towards the World Championship has me riding in the Innergetic Pijl, than Desselgem and in the GP Wallonie.”

Quick Step’s Paris-Bruxelles roster: Sylvain Chavanel, Allan Davis, Steven De Jongh, Dries Devenyns, Kevin Hulsmans, Jerôme Pineau, Francesco Reda, Sebastien Rosseler.

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