Backstedt's Tour prep undergoes re-think

agnus Backstedt's Dauphine performance has been a disappointment but he is hoping for better form i

agnus Backstedt's Dauphine performance has been a disappointment but he is hoping for better form i
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM After a block of very hard training, Magnus Backstedt of Liquigas was looking forward to getting some hard racing kilometres in his legs in the Dauphin Libr. But the plan has turned seriously sour. The usually good time triallist just couldn't get his long legs to work well and following a loss of more than eight minutes in Wednesday's 47 kilometres race of truth, the big Swede decided to call it a day. "It's not going well at all. I have no idea why, but it's a feeling I've had since the prologue. I get lactic acid extremely quickly and there's no point in starting the stage to Mont Ventoux," said Backstedt after the time trial. Instead he'll return to his home in Wales to recover before he joins the team for a training camp in Italy next week. "But I'm not worried about the Tour. My objective is still to go for stage wins and do a good time trial in the first week," said the Swede.

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