Despite having his winter preparations hampered by an injury and a lengthy recovery, Tom Boonen showed why he still is one of the best riders in the world in one-day races, being a key protagonist in Paris-Roubaix, where he came close of winning a fifth trophy. Finishing second in his beloved race only left Tom wanting for more, and that’s why in 2017 he will give it his all in the “Hell of the North” for one last triumph, before bowing out from the sport.
“The goal is to arrive at the start in top form and healthy. Then, as always, it will be the road, with all its many variables, and the weather, that will decide the winner”, said ahead of the 2017 campaign Tom Boonen, who last year was victorious in RideLondon, Brussels Cycling Classic and a Tour de Wallonie stage, before taking bronze at the World Championships in Qatar.
UCI Ranking: 86
#Top-10 positions: 6
Race distance covered: 4345 km
Days of racing: 28 days