Davitamon-Lotto's Classics rider Peter Van Petegem is hoping to score another big victory in 2006, according to team director Marc Sergeant. After winning the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in 2003, Van Petegem will again focus on these two races next season, but first has to recover from the mental blow inflicted on him by fellow Belgian Tom Boonen, Sergeant told Belgian Sporza.
"Van Petegem won his last race in 2003, with Paris-Roubaix," said Sergeant. "He has been criticised a lot since then, but I won't let him down. He got us up again in 2003 after a terrible season start. He lost a great deal of confidence after the classics in 2005 when Boonen shook him off in the Ronde van Vlaanderen; it really got him down."
The Belgian team's director will now take greater care of Van Petegem. "Before, we never had to be busy with him, but now, we do. I feel that he needs our support and attention. I hope that he can score another win in 2006, but Peter 's not interested in ten victories per season; he's going for the Ronde or Paris-Roubaix," Sergeant explained.