Gasparotto saves legs for Brabantse and Ronde

By Gregor Brown in Harelbeke Enrico Gasparotto, active in the winning move in last week's...

By Gregor Brown in Harelbeke

Enrico Gasparotto, active in the winning move in last week's Milano-Sanremo, is back racing in Belgium. He saved his legs in the E3 Prijs to have better chances in the Brabantse Pijl, a race better suited for his style of riding. And in the back of his mind is Ronde van Vlaanderen.

"Today is a hard race, it is similar to The Tour of Flanders," confirmed Gasparotto to Cyclingnews at the start of E3 Prijs in Harelbeke, Belgium. "I don't know what I will do today because I think that tomorrow's Brabantse Pijl is better suited for me. ... Maybe I will save the legs; it depends how I will feel. Last year, I retired in the feed-zone, and the day after I had a good race."

Gasparotto chose to end the day early for Sunday's Brabantse Pijl. "I have good legs, and I will wait until the end of Brabantse. Also, in [Three Days of] De Panne I will do something similar. Then, in Flanders [Ronde - ed.], I will try stay on Fabian Cancellara's wheel!"

It was Cancellara who got the better of Gasparotto in Tirreno-Adriatico (second by 16 seconds) and then four days later in the Milano-Sanremo, Gasparotto's 26 birthday. Even if he missed his chance of winning in Sanremo he was pleased with his day out.

"Someone told me that I did the right thing to try to attack and someone else told me I should have to wait only for the sprint," he confided. "I re-watched the race on TV, and if I did not attack I think we would have arrived in a group of 70 riders for the final sprint. Overall, I think I had a good Sanremo."

And his birthday? "I went out for dinner with a friend, that was all I could do because I was so tired from the race," he confessed. "I returned to Varese on Saturday night, and then on Sunday [for Easter] I went to my parent's home for two or three days. And now I am here!"

Gasparotto will battle, amongst others, two-time Sanremo winner Oscar Freire (Rabobank) in the Brabantse Pijl.

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