We'll start off with the bad news:
- Sep Vanmarcke: won the Omloop last year but crashed badly yesterday and busted his bursa. No, I have no clue what a bursa is either, but I do know that when you bust it, it makes your knee look like this:
It's still uncertain what the consequences will be for his spring campaign, but it's definitely not looking good. Possibilities are resting (and hoping it heals miraculously), extracting the blood or surgery. Sep will decide today which of the three options he's going to choose, but frankly I think his spring campaign is over.
- Nokere Koerse: yes, after Kuurne and le Samyn, there's bad news about this race too. Nokere is scheduled for Wednesday, but we're having a horrible winter in Belgium, the coldest one in ages. It's supposed to snow today and Tuesday, and it's going to be freezing cold too. Slightly positive temperatures are expected for Wednesday, but nobody can tell if the roads will be free of snow by then. The Nokere organizers are preparing a plan B: local laps instead of the regular course. Nobody's talking about cancelling the race yet, but it's not exactly looking good either, so fingers crossed everybody.
- Gert Steegmans, who won Nokere in 2011, is also struggling with his knee. Steggels had to abandon yesterday in Tirreno-Adriatico. He was supposed to be Cav's leadout in Milan-San Remo (and Gent-Wevelgem). MSR looks uncertain right now.
- Thomas De Gendt abandoned in Paris-Nice. he was complaining about drowsiness and dizziness. De Gendt thinks he may have a concussion as a result of his crash a few days earlier.
Slightly beter news:
Tom Boonen, who won
E3, Gent-Wevelgem, Vlaaeverything last year, is happy with his current form. He had a good Paris-Nice, Tombo even trained an extra 1,5h after the Saturday stage (of 220km). Still, he says that he's not a contender for MSR yet, but he needs that race to get in shape for Vlaanderen and Roubaix.
Bjorn Leukemans who was ill at the start of P-N is feeling a bit better. He won't race MSR though.