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Verbrugghe struggling

"I'm a bit ill," says 2001 winner Rik Verbrugghe. "The night before Amstel was restless; I slept badly. Three days of antibiotics; but the worst has passed I think."

But it's not only the cold which is nibbling at Verbrugghe's form. Last Tuesday, he dislocated his shoulder according to HLN. This causeed a stiff neck and a forced position on the bike which resulted in a tilted pelvis and blocked diaphragm.

"It happens now and again," Verbrugghe said. "The osteopath has treated me and loosened it all. Hopefully that treatment has a positive result. I'll be really good or bad. There's no in-between. My goal is to be totally fit again by Sunday; for Liege-Bastogne-Liege."

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