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After being withdrawn with concussion from the Tour of the Basque Country after a heavy fall on stage three, CSC's Frank Schleck is hoping to go out training today and be fit enough to ride the Amstel Gold Race next weekend. "I'm actually OK after having had a good night's rest," the Luxembourger said on Thursday. "I had a bad headache this morning, but it's gotten better as the day has progressed, and I've been training a tiny bit indoors without any problems - just to get a little exercise.
"I'm expecting to be able to ride for a couple of hours on the road tomorrow, and then we'll have to wait and see how the week goes, whether I'll be ready for the Amstel Gold Race. I would like to start in order to help Karsten Kroon and the rest of the team, but naturally they'll only allow me to do it if I'm fit enough."
- T-Mobile have been forced into making two late changes to their team for Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. Lorenzo Bernucci has not recovered fully from the after-effects of his fall at the Tour of Flanders and has been replaced by Andr Korff, who substituted for Steffen Wesemann at Flanders last Sunday. Russian champion Sergei Ivanov has decided to skip Paris-Rouabix to concentrate on honing his form for Amstel Gold Race, and has been replaced by Dutchman Bas Giling, who was second in the Roubaix U23 event in 2004.
- Rabobank have confirmed that Michael Rasmussen will once again begin his build-up to the Tour de France by riding next month's Giro d'Italia. The Dane is hoping to add a stage success in the Giro to those he has already taken at the Tour and Vuelta.
- Bouygues Telecom have gone much further than Rabobank and named their complete team for the Giro. Led by Laurent Lefvre, who was 35th last year, the nine-rider line-up also includes Dutchman Stef Clement and French riders Giovanni Bernaudeau, Sbastien Chavanel, Pierre Drancourt, Andy Flickinger, Yohann Gene, Arnaud Labbe and Yoann Le Boulanger. Clement and Drancourt will be making their major tour debuts.
- Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award. Also nominated for the title are tennis star Roger Federer, golfer Tiger Woods, Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, Brazilian football star Ronaldinho and Italian motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi. The winner will be announced on May 22 in Barcelona.
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