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Burghardt pain-free

Team High Road's Marcus Burghardt raised a few eyebrows last week when he rode in Rund um den Henninger Turm only two and half weeks after he underwent knee surgery. "My comeback after my knee operation was successful and I am very satisfied," he said.

"It was a hard race for me, but I made it through to the end," Burghardt further noted. He is now doing basic training at his home in Switzerland before heading off to his next race, the Neuseenclassics-Rund um die Braunkohle on May 12.

"I am motivated and can say that my knee surgery was a full success, because I am pain-free! I will now get ready for the Tour de France and I remain optimistic that I can win another top race again this year!" concluded the winner of the 2008 Gent-Wevelgem.

(Additional research and assistance provided by Susan Westemeyer and Monika Prell).

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