Boonen suffering with illness ahead of Belgian Championships

Tom Boonen’s build-up to the Belgian National Championships road race has been compromised by a respiratory infection. The Etixx-QuickStep rider has withdrawn from Thursday’s time trial and will make a final decision in the coming days on his participation in Sunday’s road race. Boonen placed 34th in Halle-Ingooigem on Wednesday, 17 seconds down on winner Dries De Bondt (Verandas...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Boonen argues that more vehicles would make peloton safer

Tom Boonen has weighed in on the debate surrounding race vehicles, arguing that the peloton would be safer with more – rather than fewer – vehicles around. The issue has intensified once again following a terrible crash on stage 3 of the Belgium Tour last weekend, where two motorbikes collided and veered into the bunch of riders.  A total of 11 riders were taken to hospital...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Hayman beats Boonen to win Paris-Roubaix race

ROUBAIX, France (AP) Australian veteran Matthew Hayman out-sprinted his rivals to win the Queen of Classics on Sunday for the biggest win of his career. The 37-year-old Hayman - whose previous career highlight was the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games road race in 2006 - beat four-time champion Tom Boonen of Belgium in a dash to the line. Hayman is the second Australian to...
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April 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Boonen confident of recovering in time for the spring Classics

Tom Boonen is confident he can recover from the serious head injury he suffered at the Abu Dhabi Tour and target the 2016 spring Classics. However, he has yet to get the green light to race again and so will only be a spectator at his Boonen and Friends charity cyclo-cross race in Belgium on Saturday. Boonen was diagnosed with a temporal bone fracture on the lower side of his head...
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November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Boonen contemplating retirement in next few years

Tom Boonen is looking at retiring sometime in the near future, he has told the Belgian press. Not this year or next year, and “probably” not the next year, but it won’t be much longer. In an interview with Belgian De Zondag newspaper, he denied Etixx-QuickStep team manager Patrick Lefevere’s earlier statement that he would have retired this year if he had won one of the...
Via Cycling News
August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Boonen to undergo shoulder op after Paris-Nice crash

PARIS (AP) Former world road champion Tom Boonen will undergo surgery on Wednesday after damaging his left shoulder and elbow in a crash during the Paris-Nice race. The one-day classics specialist, who will miss the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix because of his injury, underwent medical tests that confirmed he suffered an acromioclavicular joint dislocation, and broke his radius...
Via Associated Press
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Kristoff wins Paris-Nice 1st stage, Boonen breaks collarbone

CONTRES, France (AP) Alexander Kristoff of Norway sprinted to victory in the first stage of Paris-Nice on Monday to claim his fifth win this season as former world champion Tom Boonen retired with a broken collarbone. The Katusha rider edged Frenchmen Nacer Bouhanni and Bryan Coquard in the finale of the 196.5-kilometer (122.1-mile) stage from Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse to Contres...
Via Associated Press
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

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