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No Tour for Knaven

It could have been the tenth Tour de France for Quick.Step's Servais Knaven, but the Dutchman has been informed by his team management that he is not on the 15-rider list of which nine will be selected to participate in the French Grand Tour. "It's going to be a strange summer," said Knaven. "In the last ten years I rode the Tour nine times, as only in 1999 we weren't welcome with TVM. After my stage win in 2003 I thought I had enough of it, but then I always had a goal with Tom Boonen these last years, again. The team management has to make a choice - that's hard, but cycle racing simply is a hard world."

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