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Quick.Step to Picardie with five

Five Quick.Step riders will line up at the Tour de Picardie from May 13-15 instead of the usual eight. Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen will nevertheless count on the support of Wilfried Cretskens, Dimitri De Fauw, Kevin Hulsmans and Servais Knaven in the UCI rated cat. 2.1 race.

Directeur sportif Wilfried "Fiete" Peeters explained: "Because of the ongoing Giro d’Italia, the Vuelta a Cataluna that will start next Monday and the numerous accidents in our team, we can't do it any other way. Guido Trenti has a fever, while Rosseler and De Weert are injured and Paolini is not still completely recovered from his knee problem. We will still try however to honour the race with five riders!"

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