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Matti Breschel in good form for classics

Fresh off a victory at the Belgian semi-classic Dwars door Vlaanderen, Danish road champion Matti Breschel is eager for more success at the upcoming classics. A key Saxo Bank teammate of Fabian Cancellara, Breschel proved his own ability last year, placing sixth at the Tour of Flanders and 10th at Paris-Roubaix. He will take the start Sunday at Ghent-Wevelgem.

Danish champ looking to improve on two top-10 results from 2009

Breschel at the Tour of Qatar this year. Photo: Ben Delaney

Fresh off a victory at the Belgian semi-classic Dwars door Vlaanderen, Danish road champion Matti Breschel is eager for more success at the upcoming classics. A key Saxo Bank teammate of Fabian Cancellara, Breschel proved his own ability last year, placing sixth at the Tour of Flanders and 10th at Paris-Roubaix. He will take the start Sunday at Ghent-Wevelgem.

“Hopefully I’ll be there for Flanders and Roubaix this year,” Breschel said “But I want to be there at the end for Ghent-Wevelgem as well.”

Breschel on his solo break at Dwars door Vlaanderen. AFP PHOTO BENOIT DOPPAGNE

As for whether he would ride for himself or Cancellara, Breschel said he is happy to do whatever the situation requires.

“Hopefully I will have a free role, but if he’s super strong, then of course I will be there to help him and support him,” he said.

Breschel placed 15th at Ghent-Wevelgem in 2009. He first popped up on the radars of many American race fans after winning the Philadelphia International Classic in 2008.

Last year the Dane won stages at the tours of Catalonia, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Denmark. After winning the Danish road race championship he went on to place seventh at worlds on a very selective course.

This year he’s already shown good form, making the key 25-man move at Milan-San Remo to place 11th. He is also on Saxo Bank’s long team for the Tour de France:

“I’m part of the 10 guys in the troop right now.”

Breschel's win in Philly in 2008 brought him to the attention of many U.S. fans.

On the subject of race radios, Breschel is fan. He said he having team director Torsten Schmidt in his ear at Dwars door Vlaanderen gave him the confidence to believe he could maintain his solo effort to the line.

“I like to have the sports director there in your ear to support you,” he said. “It makes it a lot easier with the radios. We use them all the time.”

On Sunday, Breschel will again have Schmidt in his ear as he tackles the 16 climbs of Ghent-Wevelgem. Joining him at the start will be Saxo Bank teammates Cancellara, Anders Lund, Frank Höj, Gustav Larsson, Stuart O’Grady, Jonas Aaen Jörgensen and Baden Cooke.