Leif Hoste (Predictor-Lotto) will skip Gent-Wevelgem this year, and concentrate on the Ronde von Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix, he explained to Gazet van Antwerpen. "Last year I was good in the Ronde [where he finished second behind Tom Boonen - ed.] but because I rode Gent-Wevelgem, I came up a bit short on the cobblestones of Roubaix."
Hoste, who joined Predictor-Lotto this year, added that "Gent-Wevelgem is a beautiful course, but what follows four days later is much more important. Tom Boonen stood on the start line in Gent-Wevelgem with me in 2006 and we both complained about pains in our legs. And Tom didn't have his full strength in Paris-Roubaix, either."