Belgium set for season start

The Belgian cycling loving public is gearing up for what could be a cold and wet weekend alongside the Flemish roads for the opening races Omloop Het Volk and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The media are following every move of the "Belgian" favourites and even though Davitamon-Lotto and QuickStep cancelled their reconnaissance rides, journalists are eager to find out what kind of substitute training is done.

Quick.Step's Tom Boonen trained 170 kilometres on the French Côte D'Azur, in the company of Nico Mattan, Kevin Hulsmans and Australian sprinter Baden Cooke. "The weather was fantastic: 19 degrees and sunny," Boonen was quoted in the VUM papers. "We rode alongside the coast but then went into the hills of the Corniche."

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