While Tom Boonen seems to be immune to the hype surrounding him at the Paris-Roubaix team presentation; the other (ex) golden boy of Belgian cycling has more problems coping with the pressure. Only one thing is certain as far as Frank Vandenbroucke is concerned: he won't be starting in Paris tomorrow.
Vandenbroucke has been admitted to hospital; suffering from what appears to be an allergy to the medication he received earlier this week, to treat a case of food poisoning. "On Friday Frank went to see the doctor and it is the GP who referred him to the hospital for treatment," team director Hilaire Van Der Schueren said. "Maybe people will take his complaints serious now; and believe Frank. After all, no-one gets taken into hospital for nothing I think."
The name of the hospital hasn't been made public. "Otherwise there will be a horde of journalists trying to get to him right away, and we want to avoid that. Just let him get better first for once. We don't know yet when Frank will be able to return to cycling. Let's hope that he can leave the hospital quickly and that he can keep building his form afterwards."
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