By Katharina Schulz
Last week, Norwegian sprinter Thor Hushovd came down with intestinal troubles which made it impossible for him to train the day before Milan-San Remo and consequently he had to skip the race.
Even though his health is now restored, the illness has weakened him, and his result in Saturday's E3 Prijs Vlaanderen was not very satisfying. Therefore, the Crédit Agricole rider decided to go home instead of riding the Brabantse Pijl on Sunday.
"I'm a little worried now. I have no strength left," Hushovd told NTB. "I'm going home to relax for a few days before the Easter classics. I need to take it easy now."
This was also the advice of his trainer, Atle Kvålsvoll, after consulting with the experts on the Norwegian Olympic team. "With regard to Gent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix (taking place in the next two weeks), it would be better to recover some strength by training at home rather than racing," they said.