Boonen Returns to Cobbled Classics
After winning second place at the Milan-San Remo race, Tom Boonen of Belgium vowed to himself that he will do better on the cobbled classics. His next event will be “A Travers la Flandre” on Wednesday. This was a 200km race which he won third place last year.
This year, Boonen hopes to return on a positive note to compensate for his career which was nearly compromised last year. Although he lost to Spaniard Oscar Freire on Saturday’s 298km epic, Boonen continues to keep himself fit, trim and ready to take top prizes for this season’s events.
Boonen shares his insights on the Milan-San Remo race, “To win Milan-San Remo you need a lot experience because you’ve got to know how to stay cool throughout the race. I’m 29 and I’ll try again next year. (Mario) Cipollini won after 14 years, right? This is my eighth edition, I’ve still got time. Perhaps winning my last ever San Remo would be the best thing ever but I’ll try next year for sure.”
The E3 Prijs Harelbeke is next after Wednesday’s event for Boonen. He hopes to win for the fifth time at this race. The Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix is also on his list where he won the Paris-Roubaix thrice and the Tour of Flanders twice. Following his victory at San Remo, Boonen observed that he got his form back and will soon be giving his best at all the cobbled races.