NewsWire: No Giro for Dekker; Kreuziger recons pivotal Giro stage

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  • Published May. 1, 2012
Dekker will miss his planned start at the Giro d'Italia on Saturday. Photo: Andrew Hood

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Knee injury takes Thomas Dekker out of Giro — Sports Entertainment Group

Thomas Dekker will not start the Giro d’Italia for Garmin-Barracuda this weekend, according to a post on the website of his management group. He sustained a knee injury in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and has not yet recovered.

“If I start there would be a big risk that I will have to give up after a few days,” Dekker said. “I spoke with the team management and had a meeting and my program is overhauled. I’m still planning on riding the Tour de France or Vuelta a España this year. I need to recover from this injury and will probably start racing again in the Tour of Norway. It is a pity, I would have liked to ride the Giro but I am glad I was able to set new goals instantly.”

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Kreuziger inspects Giro stage — Tuttobici

Fresh off a sixth place at the Tour of Romandie, Astana’s Giro d’Italia captain Roman Kreuziger put in a hard day of training on the course of the Giro’s 14th stage, from Cherasco to Cervinia. The race’s first high mountain stage includes the Col de Joux and the 2,000-meter ascent to Cervinia.

“This was a very useful route inspection, the map does not do justice to the elevation difficulties encountered in the final kilometers,” said Astana team manager Guiseppe Martinelli, who joined Kreuziger for his recon ride. “The slope leading to the arrival in Cervinia is especially hard. This stage can have a profound impact on the overall standings, an athlete that is not 100 percent will have considerable time gaps.”

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Kenny Dehaes out for three weeks with elbow fracture — Gazet van Antwerpen

A crash in the Tour de Romandie has done more damage to Lotto-Belisol’s Kenny Dehaes that initially reported. X-rays on Monday showed a fractured elbow for the rider, though Lotto had reported earlier that nothing was broken.

Dehaes will stay away from racing for three weeks.

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Lotto-Belisol looking to Meersman for Giro stage wins — Het Nieuwsblad

Team manager Marc Sergeant is looking to Gianni Meersman for stage wins in this year’s Giro d’Italia. The Belgian has already won stages at Paris-Nice and Volta ao Algarve this year, and is coming off a second place in stage 3 of the Tour de Romandie.

“A number of stages with an uphill finish fit Gianni like a glove,” said Sergeant. “He has been working towards the Giro and may very well choose certain stages.”

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