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Friday, July 18, 2008

No Olympics for Devolder

by VeloNation Press at 7:23 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 
In a press release from Quick Step, rider Stijn Devolder has decided not to participate in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The decision was taken yesterday evening after a meeting with the team’s technical staff.

“Giving up the Olympics is a difficult, painful decision. Since the beginning of the year I’ve participated in many races, always trying to race at the highest level - says the man who won the 2008 Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Ronde Van Belgie races - and also expending a lot, both physically and mentally. At this time I want to concentrate 100% on the Tour de France, giving it my best for myself and for the team. The experience I’m achieving in this Tour de France will be very important for me in view of my future participations in this important race.”

After the finish of the Tour de France Devolder is planning a brief period of rest before entering in the last part of the season.

“After the Tour de France I’m only going to race one circuit, Tuesday 29th of July in Dixmude (Belgium)" - explains Devolder - "and then I’ll concentrate on recharging my batteries and spending time with my family. I’ll return to racing on August 20th for the Eneco Tour (from the 20th to the 27th August, 2008) to start working on a plan to reach the World Championship, a race that means a lot to me. I want to be in Varese to give it my all and have a great race.”
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