Nuyens to Amstel

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New Cofidis Classics leader Nick Nuyens has decided to participate in the upcoming Amstel Gold Race in the middle of next week. After dropping out of Paris-Roubaix with 30 kilometres to go, the Belgian wants to make up for his lost efforts in the Netherlands.

Nuyens suffered from respiratory problems due to the dust in the 'Hell of the North', and couldn't resist the temptation of abandoning the race when he saw the camping car of the squad he was with as an amateur on the side of the road, according to L'Equipe. "He told us he was sorry for his messed-up race," Cofidis team manager Eric Boyer said. "I don't hold it against him. He really had bad breathing problems. He assured me that in terms of recuperation, he felt much less tired that on the day after Flanders - this proves that he has good legs."

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