Boogerd gets back on the bike

Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) has resumed training again after breaking a bone in his foot last week. Boogerd managed to ride on Tuesday, and still hopes to be fit in time for the late spring classics, Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. "It went reasonably well and I hope that it stays positive," he wrote on his website, "I trained for about four hours. I could hold a reasonable heartrate thus I have the feeling that I did something, and wasn't just riding around aimlessly. Positive...with a negative undertone, because I'm still riding with a broken bone."

Boogerd added that he felt he could get back to 80 percent fitness within a few days, before riding the Tour of the Basque Country, where he hopes to achieve 95 percent fitness. "The last 5% I'll try to get in the week before the Amstel," he wrote. He is also trying to shake off the effects of some bronchitis, just to make things a little harder.

"I'll definitely do my best to be at Amstel and Liege. In the last 10 years, I've always been among the top three on the podium, and I also want to start in 'my races' with the intention that I'm not just lining up to start."

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