Shorts: McLeod, Amstel, Poland

cLeod out for several weeks, Shimano get Amstel place, Durand set for San Remo, two former Tour yel

cLeod out for several weeks, Shimano get Amstel place, Durand set for San Remo, two former Tour yel
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Franaise des Jeux's young South African rider Ian McLeod has been ruled out of racing for several weeks after a crash on the final stage of Paris-Nice last week left him with a muscle tear in his right thigh. The Scottish-born 24 year old was set to ride in this weekend's Milan-San Remo, as well as in next month's Lige-Bastogne-Lige and then the Giro d'Italia. "He won't be able to ride the Giro as we'd planned, it's more likely he'll ride the Tour of Spain in September," said FDJ manager Marc Madiot. - The Dutch/Japanese Shimano-Memory Corp team has been given an invitation to ride the Amstel Gold Race next month. - Forced out of racing after being unable to find a contract, French breakaway king Jacky Durand will be at Milan-San Remo at the weekend in his new role as a commentator for Eurosport's French channel. - Former Mercier pro and domestique to Raymond Poulidor Jean-Pierre Genet has died at the age of 64. Genet rode the Tour de France 13 times and wore the yellow jersey for one day in the 1968 race. He won three stages in the Tour, including one during that same 1968 race. In 1971, Genet led a riders' strike at the Tour in protest against the heavy racing programme. - Another one-day wearer of the Tour's yellow jersey has died in Belgium. Norbert Callens, who died on Saturday at the age of 80, led the Tour for a day in the 1949 race. - The route of the Tour of Poland, undoubtedly the most unexpcted of the races on the ProTour schedule, has been announced. This year celebrating his 62nd edition, the race takes place on September 12-18 and will comprise all 20 ProTour teams as well as the Polish Intel-Action continental squad. The race starts with a series of stages that should favour the sprinters, before moving into the hills in the second half of the event. The final 19km time trial on the Sunday afternoon includes 5km of climbing. The stages: Stage 1, Sept 12: Gdansk-Elblag, 170.5km Stage 2, Sept 13: Tczew-Olsztyn, 224.5km Stage 3, Sept 14: Ostroda-Bydgoszcz, 204km Stage 4, Sept 15: Inowroclaw-Leszno, 209km Stage 5, Sept 16: Wroclaw-Szklarska Poreba, 212km Stage 6, Sept 17: Piechowice-Karpacz, 153km Stage 7, Sept 18: Jelenia Gora-Karpacz, 61km Stage 8, Sept 18: Jelenia Gora-Karpacz, 19km time trial
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