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Bettini still in doubt

Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step-Innergetic)

Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step-Innergetic) (Image credit: Sirotti)

Paolo Bettini is still in doubt to ride this Saturday's Milan-San Remo, after has crash in Stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico left him very sore. Bettini won the first two stages of the 'race of two seas', but things turned upside down in the rain on Saturday when he crashed at high speed on a descent.

Bettini's biggest problem is his right knee, which he can barely bend, preventing him from training more than 15 minutes on Sunday. The Quick.Step-Innergetic team will re-evaluate his condition today (Monday), but will not make the final decision on the Milan-San Remo squad until Wednesday.

The news is better for Tom Boonen, who won three stages in Paris-Nice but stepped off at the start of the final stage in order to better prepare for La Primavera. Today, Boonen will reconnoitre the final part of Saturday's parcours, between Alassio to Sanremo, including the Cipressa and the Poggio. The Monaco-based Belgian will spend two days back in Belgium this week before returning to Italy on Thursday.