The Discovery Channel team will make its final decision later on Friday whether to include the injured Roger Hammond in its line up for Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. Hammond crashed in Wednesday's Gent-Wevelgem and broke his right thumb as well as spraining his ankle. However, he was back on his bike on Thursday morning and managed to ride for two hours.
"He has been working the whole winter and doesn't want to miss it," said team director Dirk Demol. "If the doctor agrees that he can ride, then it's OK with me. We just want to make sure he won't do any more damage to the thumb by racing on Sunday."
The other members of the Discovery team include George Hincapie, Leif Hoste, Stijn Devolder, Antonio Cruz, Viatcheslav Ekimov, Michael Barry and Ryder Hesjedal, who will recon a 160 km section of the course on Friday that includes four new pavé sectors.
If Hammond doesn't start, his place will be taken by Volodymyr Bileka.