McEwen to lead Davitamon-Lotto in MSR

Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen will be Davitamon-Lotto's leader at this Saturday's Milan-San Remo, especially after the withdrawal of Tom Steels and Peter Van Petegem. McEwen crashed during the final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico and didn't finish, but maintains that his bruises and abrasions won't effect him too badly on Saturday.

"I've experienced worse," he told Het Nieuwsblad. "Last year in the Tour I got over the Alps, the Massif Central, and the Pyrenees with a broken back and scraped buttocks. So I should be able to ride from Milan to San Remo, shouldn't I? Besides, I get a 250 kilometre warmup on Saturday."

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