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Sohrabi to miss Le Samyn due to delayed visa

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Mahdi Sohrabi and Gert Dockx

Mahdi Sohrabi and Gert Dockx
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Thumbs up from new race leader Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical Team)

Thumbs up from new race leader Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical Team)
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Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) celebrates his stage victory.

Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) celebrates his stage victory.
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Mehdi Sohrabi must delay his 2012 European debut for Lotto-Belisol, due to visa problems.  The Iranian  will now start in the Three Days of West Flanders on Friday, instead of Le Samyn on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old did not receive his visa in time and arrived in Belgium too late for today's race, according to Het Nieuwsblad.

Sohrabi is making his WorldTour debut this year with the Belgian team. After riding the Tour Down Under last month, he went on to finish second in the Asian championships road race.  He was the top ranked rider in the Asian Tour last year, with 13 wins.