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Backstedt out of Het Volk

From CN:

After a winter that presented no major health problems, Sweden's Magnus Backstedt (Liquigas-Bianchi) has been fighting his way back after an innocuous crash in the first stage of the Challenge Illes Balears left him with a strained tendon in his left knee. Despite earlier reports, he will not be riding Het Volk on Saturday.

Backstedt said, "It was one of those crashes that as a pro bike rider we go through all the time, but I must have come down harder than I thought."

The big Liquigas rider got back up to finish the stage, but was unable to start the remainder of the race do to the pain in his knee. "The initial diagnosis was that I had just tweaked something and I was cleared to ride two days later. After only a few kilometres I was just in agony."