Lövkvist hoping for world's spot

Swedish national champion Thomas Lövkvist said today that his tactic for the Clásica San Sebastián...

Swedish national champion Thomas Lövkvist said today that his tactic for the Clásica San Sebastián was a simple one: "Normally it is about the Jaizkibel... that is where the race is. I have to be placed well there, but if it [the move] goes early I have to be awake in the race."

"I think my form should be good. I haven't raced since the Tour de France but I have been training good, so it should be okay.

"The Tour was hard. It was my second one to date and it was different this year. The first week was slow but the rest was just as hard as last year. I think that [the faster second and third weeks] was because the racing was more open... we didn't have a team that really controlled it like Discovery did last year. There was more opportunity for breakaways as a result."

The Francaise des Jeux rider will do the Eneco Tour after this, between August 16 - 23, and then go on to do another ProTour race at the Tour of Poland, from September 4-10. He'd like to do the world's, but says he is unsure as to whether he will get a place. "We had three slots before but I have heard that it is only one this year. I am not certain about that, but I hope I can ride. After that, I will do the [rest of the] Autumn Classics."

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