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Astana to West-Vlaanderen

By Susan Westemeyer

Eight ProTour teams will take part in the Dreidaagse van West-Vlaanderen the beginning of March, or the "Johan Museeuw Classic", as it is now called. The three-stage race runs from March 7-9, and will feature Quick Step, Silence-Lotto, High Road, Astana, Ag2r-La Mondiale, Française des Jeux, Bouygues Telecom and Milram.

"We are profiting from the brawl between the organizers of the Grand Tours and the UCI," race organizer Bert Pattyn told Belgian sporza.be. "This way, we got a question from Astana as to whether they could ride with us. Why not? We are glad to have Astana. The other teams will also come with their best riders to West Flanders. Robbie McEwen, for example, should among others use the race to lay a foundation for Milano-San Remo."

"I am proud to have given my name to this race," said Johan Museeuw, who retired in 2004. "The big names will come, but above all the young riders who are on the verge of breaking through will be there."

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