Quick.Step ready for Paris-Nice

Qucik.Step has announced its line-up for the first ProTour race of the season. Tom Boonen, who performed well last weekend at Het Volk and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne will be the team's man for the sprints - but not only that.

"Traditionally, Paris-Nice is very challenging," Boonen said. "The first stage has a finish that is very much tailored to my way of racing. This race will be important in giving me the chance to refine my condition in light of Milan Sanremo, a race that has always fascinated me," he added, indicating that Petacchi, Freire and Zabel should keep an eye on the young Belgian when approaching the finish line in Sanremo.

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