Bouhanni had been forced to abandon Paris-Nice ahead of stage six as he suffered from illness, but with the team hopeful that he would recover in time to contest Milan-San Remo, the first Monument of the cycling year, which takes place on Saturday, March 17.
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However despite Bouhanni returning to training, the Cofidis management decided that their star sprinter would not find a space the line-up for Milan-San Remo, something that disappointed Bouhanni.
“Of course [I’m disappointed not to be selected],” Bouhanni told French website cyclismactu.net. “I’m disappointed because I trained for five months for this race. The management of Cofidis told me this Monday and I still went to train.
“It is not me who has forfeited Milan-San Remo. It is a decision of the management of the Cofidis team, a decision that I can only accept and respect even if it is hard for me.
“I was well and I had even the green light of the doctor of the Cofidis team. I got the green light to ride a bike on Saturday morning. After resting on Friday and Saturday, I resumed training on Sunday with 90 minutes of riding and on Monday I did three hours.”
Despite being unhappy about the selection decision, Bouhanni says that he will continue to act as a professional and prepare properly for upcoming races, including the Volta a Catalunya which starts two days after Milan-San Remo.
With Bouhanni absent the Cofidis team will be led by Christope Laporte, who took two top 10s in stages of Paris-Nice, who will be supported by Guillaume Bonnafond, Bert Van Lerberghe, Cyril Lemoine, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Anthony Turgis, and Loïc Chetout.