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Trentin and Renshaw out of E3 Harelbeke

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Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)

Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/
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Mark Renshaw (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)

Mark Renshaw (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The tough weather conditions which the Milano-San Remo peloton encountered for nearly 300 kilometres on Sunday may cost several riders their Spring Classics season.

Some teams opted to give their San Remo riders a longer break to allow them to regain strength. Other riders have gotten ill.

Matteo Trentin and Mark Renshaw were taken off the Omega Pharma-Quick Step roster for the E3 Harelbeke due to illness.

"Trentin had fever. These guys have swallowed a lot of dirty stuff. As precaution we're not letting them race on Friday," Omega Pharma Quick Step director sportif Wilfried Peeters told Cyclingnews on Wednesday.