CSC's Karsten Kroon will not be starting in this year's edition of Paris-Nice because pains from a broken rib he sustained in the Tour of California. "I did a couple of hours on the Amstel Gold Race route today [Thursday] and after that I did a couple of hours behind a motorbike, but it was just too painful so I had to cancel," said Kroon.
"There's still a couple of weeks till my next race, but I'm hoping to be ready for Milano-Sanremo and I might do Vuelta a Castilla y Leon in stead to get a stage race under my belt ahead of the classics. My big goal this spring is Tour of Flanders so I'd really like to be 100 percent ready for that," continued Kroon.
Kroon will be replaced by Kasper Klostergaard.