PARIS, June 16, 2014 (AFP) – Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen has confirmed he
will not compete in next month’s Tour de France, several Belgian newspapers
reported on Monday.
The former world road race champion, who is currently taking part in the
Tour of Switzerland, is said to have other priorities for his year. He last
competed in the Tour de France in 2011.
“My team does not need me for the tour,” Boonen said, referring to his
Omega Pharma team who already have top sprinters Mark Cavendish and Tony
Martin on their books for the race which starts in Leeds on July 5.
“It’s not that I have no desire to take part in the tour, it’s just that if
I did that I could say goodbye to the rest of the season,” he added.
The 33-year-old Boonen has five wins under his belt already this season -
two stages in the Tour of Qatar, two stages in the Tour of Belgium and in
the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne race.
His last stage win in the Tour de France was in 2007.