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No Het Volk for Melchers

The European cycling season will start for Team Flexpoint with the women's Omloop Het Volk on Sunday, but it comes too soon for Dutch star Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel, who will not start due to an operation last week.

Doctors removed pins which Melchers-Van Poppel got after the crash in the Euregio Ladies Tour last year. After a short rehabilitation she will now focus on a later start to her season, now planned for the Italian one-day race Giro dei Comuni Ribardella-Montescudaio on Saturday March 24.

The second edition of the Omloop Het Volk for woman starts in Deerlijk and will finish after 126,7 km in Deinze. Team Flexpoint will start with seven riders - Loes Gunnewijk, Loes Markerink, Madeleine Sandig. Loes Gunnewijk, Trine Schmidt, Iris Slappendel and Suzanne van Veen.

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