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Knaven prepares for final races

Dutch veteran Servais Knaven will race for the last time his career this week for the Dutch national championships before retiring to become a sport director at Milram.

Knaven won Paris-Roubaix in 2001. | Graham Watson photo
Knaven won Paris-Roubaix in 2001. | Graham Watson photo

The 39-year-old former Paris-Roubaix winner will ride the Dutch national time trial championships Wednesday and the national road race Sunday.

“I trained extra today once again on my time trial bike. This will be my final major time trial, and I am looking forward to it,” Knaven said. “I particularly wanted to ride it because the championships are being held near my home and the national championships have always been something special for me. In my career, for the time trial, I was second four times and fourth one time, so for my last time I am especially motivated. Actually the course is too long for me, but I will do my best.”

Knaven won the 2001 edition of Paris-Roubaix as a member of the powerful Domo-Farm Frites team, attacking early while rivals watched his dangerous teammates. He is only the second rider in history start and finish Roubaix 16 times.

The Dutch classics specialist turned pro in 1994 with TVM, and later rode for Domo, Quick Step and Columbia before joining Milram last season. He also won a stage in the 2003 Tour de France

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