David Willemsens will not becompeting in Friday's world cup in Milano due to knee problems. The Belgian national coach, Rudy De Bie told cyclocross.info that Willemsens let him know so he could give the reserves a chance. "I called both Jan Soetens and Arne Daelmans but they thanked me for the offer [and declined], claiming they didn't want to make the car drive to Milano."
"Both riders are competing in Huybergen and Hamme-Zogge this weekend, but it's strange that they would refuse the chance to compete in the world cup. They should know the expenses are paid back with the fee they get for competing in a world cup event. In my time, we would already be driving direction Milano." This means that the Belgian selection for Milano will consist of only nine riders, instead of the possible ten.