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Bracke out for six weeks

Landbouwkrediet-Colnago rider Tony Bracke, who was involved in a crash with a car in last weekend's Classic Haribo, has a broken coccyx, according to the team. Bracke had been complaining of pain in the area since the crash, which also involved his team-mate Ludovic Capelle, and was examined in Alost hospital yesterday where he was found to have broken his coccyx in three places.

The luckless Bracke - who also broke his collarbone two years ago and sustained a heavy fall in last year's Paris-Roubaix in which he broke his arm - will be out of action for six weeks.

In other Landbouwkrediet-Colnago news, Bracke's team-mate Nico Sijmens has withdrawn from Wednesday's Memorial Samyn - Fayt-le-Franc with a heavy cold.