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Looking forward to Tirreno

Stomach problems prevented Roman from making an appearance at the Italian classic Strande Bianche. He now feels better and he is scheduled to return to race action at the Tirreno Adriatico.

“I feel bad about not being at the start line of the Strade Bianche. I suffered from stomach ailment for two days, it deprived me of energy and I stayed in bed, I felt unable to do anything,” admitted Roman.

“I believe that I got well and recovered my strength. I am not feeling particularly in my best condition but there are still a couple of days left before the Tirreno start. I hope that the weather will be nice and I will manage to do at least one training session behind a moto,” he added.

Roman is hopeful that his condition will not be affected for the Tirreno start following his health problems. “The key stages are the opening team time trial and the fifth stage with a mountain top finish. So there is quite a lot of time to get used to the race rhythm between those two stages,” he said.

He has been selected as the captain of the Tinkoff line-up that is going to rely on Peter Sagan in the flat stages. “The team wants to ride for Peter and help him as much as possible in the stages where he stands a chance of winning. It is going to be the first test of my condition and I hope to be able to ride for the GC,” said Roman.

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