Backstedt's injury worries continue

Liquigas' big Swede Magnus Backstedt continues to suffer from the effects of a fall during the Challenge Illes Balears series in Spain, and with the cause of the injury yet to be ascertained, the prospect of Backstedt challenging for wins during spring looks to be in jeopardy.

"As a professional rider it's not if you fall off, it's when and how badly," Backstedt said recently, but after good winter preparations Liquigas' man for the classics had been looking forward to a strong start to 2006. The fall in Spain looked like a fairly regular crash, and early diagnosis of the injury was positive so he was back on his bike for the GP Lucca and Tirreno Adriatico. "For me to stand any chance of getting to peak fitness for the classics I had to get through the full race at Tirreno," said Backstedt. "I had some really good days, but also some where I was just in agony."

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