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Hulsmans out of Dunkerque

Quick Step's Kevin Hulsmans is still recovering from injuries suffered last week in a training accident and will be unable to ride the 4 Jours de Dunkerque, which starts today, the team announced.

"It would be crazy to take an unnecessary risk and let him ride as the eighth man," said Directeur Sportif Dirk Demol. "Hulsmans must be completely fit before he can take part in a competition."

The team will just send seven riders to the start of the race in northern France. Hulsmans, team-mate Kevin Van Impe and two friends were hit by a car while training in Belgium last week. The two professionals came away with scrapes and bruises. (SW)

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