The run of bad luck of the MrBookmaker.com-SportsTech team is continuing with the news that two more riders have broken bones during the Ruta del Sol. Kurt Van de Wouwer will be out for five weeks after breaking his collarbone and left wrist in a crash, while Frédéric Gabriel, who crashed at the start of stage 4, has a double fracture of his right tibia and will be out of action for several weeks.
The team has already lost Julien Laidoun (broken big toe), Stefan van Dijk (salmonella poisoning), David Boucher (bad crash) since the start of the season, and the performance of neo-pro Camille Bouquet in the Ruta del Sol (6th on GC) has done little to alleviate the gloom.
In related news, Italian rider Dario Frigo has apparently asked MrBookmaker for a spot on the team, as he is unhappy with things at Fassa Bortolo. "I don't understand that," said MrBookmaker's team manager Hilaire Van der Schueren in Het Nieuwsblad. "We have just one place left in our team, but do we have the money to sign Frigo? Let's wait and see about that."