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VDB hoping for the Giro d'Italia

Frank Vandenbroucke

Frank Vandenbroucke (Image credit: Sirotti)

By Susan Westemeyer

Frank Vandenbroucke is in the middle of physical therapy for the knee which was operated on last month and can't race again until the end of April, but he is already planning his season. "My intention is to be ready for the start of the Giro," he told Het Laatste Nieuws. "There are still 70 days, so it must be possible.

"I can forget the spring," he said. "As long as my muscle mass hasn't returned to normal, there's no point in pushing the training."

VDB now rides for Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo, and said that the team knows that there is no guarantee on his knee. "I've got their full support. There is no pressure from them. They said if I wanted to continue riding, I should. And I want to. But it's not getting easier.

"I was tip-top shape in my head and my legs. And now this. I am 32, the years are flying by," he concluded.

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