Steegmans enjoying new team

Gert Steegmans gets used to Russia

Gert Steegmans gets used to Russia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Gert Steegmans said in his introduction to his new Russian team, Katusha "turned out well." The Belgian rider said he would make his season debut later this month at the Tour Down Under.

"The new team pleases me," he told "I know the backers already and those Russian racers are really sympathetic."

Things have started out hectic for the 28-year-old. After a training camp in Italy, the team had its presentation in Moscow, with Steegmans then traveling to France, Belgium and Monaco. He leaves next week for the race in Australia.

Steegmans said that he overtrained in December, but made up for it by doing nearly nothing for a week while he was home in Belgium. "I feel good. I have not been sick and have no injuries."

He doesn't look to make headlines in the Tour Down Under. "It would not be good if I was already super in Australia," Steegmans said. "I especially want to help our team leader Robbie McEwen win and to work on my form."(SW)

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