Piil to miss Milan-San Remo

CSC's Jakob Piil decides to give Milan-San Remo a miss. The Dane is in good company as Peter van Pet

CSC's Jakob Piil decides to give Milan-San Remo a miss. The Dane is in good company as Peter van Pet
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Jakob Piil will be missing from the CSC line-up for Saturday's Milan-San Remo due to the hip injury he sustained in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in late February. The 31-year-old Dane had made the Italian spring Classics opener one of his objectives but will instead be riding the less strenuous GP Cholet in France, writes Susanne Horsdal. "I don't expect to be able to train at 100 per cent until next week and I'm not in the shape needed to ride Milan-San Remo," Piil told procycling. The CSC-rider, who was coming back from a knee injury that caused him to miss the last half of the 2004 season, crashed about midway through Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in only his second start in this season and subsequently had to skip Paris-Nice. He started Tirreno-Adriatico, but dropped out of the Italian race after three stages. "I began to have problems with my Achilles tendon because I compensated for the pain in the hip and decided that it was better to take it easy," said Piil. He realises that he may be pressed for time to get in sufficient form to be able to play a role in the Tour of Flanders, but still has hopes for the Amstel Gold Race. Belgium's challenge for Saturday's first Classic is also set to be diminished, with Davitamon-Lotto's Peter van Petegem and Tom Steels both deciding to miss the Italian race after showing little form at Tirreno. Van Petegem told La Dernire Heure that he made the decision to miss San Remo after the first stage of Tirreno. "I think it's a reasonable decision because it allows me to concentrate exclusively on the Flemish Classics, which are my favourite races and are the races I go best in," said Van Petegem.

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