April 13, 2005
Klöden modifies Tour prep
Andreas Klöden, runner-up at last year's Tour de France, is tweaking his training with an eye toward this year's Tour.
He'll still race the same races he had pencilled in, including next weeks's Fleche Wallone and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but his abandon at last week's Tour of the Basque Country showed that Klöden's program wasn't where it needed to be. Physical testing on Monday confirmed that Klöden is behind in his fitness:
Klöden said he simply didn't feel good at the demanding Basque Country tour and opted to abandon rather than push too hard.
"It wasn't yet the way I imagined it to be," Klöden said. "So, to be on the safer side, I abandoned the race in Spain. I'm glad the test is behind me. Now I know on what I need to work on."
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