A Classy Peter Sagan Retains His World Road Race Title

By David HARDING Doha, Oct 16, 2016 (AFP) - Peter Sagan retained his world road race title in an exciting sprint finish in Doha on Sunday, edging Britain's Mark Cavendish into second. Slovakian Sagan, who also won in Richmond, USA, last year, said the result was "unbelievable". "I am still in total shock, I am very, very happy," said the 26-year-old. … [Read more...]

Hayman Admits That He’d Have Happily Seen Boonen Win

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Roubaix, France, April 10, 2016 (AFP) - Paris-Roubaix winner Mathew Hayman admitted he had been hoping rival Tom Boonen would win the one-day classic race for a record fifth time. Australian Hayman, 37, pipped Boonen, 35, in a sprint finish to deny the joint-record four-time winner the chance to move one clear of his … [Read more...]

No Two-Way Battle Between Sagan and Cancellara At Paris-Roubaix

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Compi├Ęgne, France, April 9, 2016 (AFP) - Fabian Cancellara insisted on Saturday that Sunday's prestigious Paris-Roubaix one-day classic would not be a two-way battle between him and Peter Sagan. Cancellara has won the 'Hell of the North' three times in his career and is racing his last season as a professional. Victory on Sunday would take him level with … [Read more...]

Classics Great Tom Boonen To Ride His First Giro d’ Italia

Paris, April 14, 2015 (AFP) - Classics specialist Tom Boonen will ride the Giro d'Italia for the first time next month, his Etixx-Quick Step team said Tuesday. The 34-year-old Belgian is one of the greatest cobbled Classics riders of all time having won Paris-Roubaix four times and the Tour of Flanders three times -- both jointly held records. However, the 2005 world road race … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Has Sights On A Paris-Roubaix Return

Brussels, March 31, 2015 (AFP) - Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen, injured in a fall at the Paris-Nice race, has returned to training in the slim hope of competing in the Paris-Roubaix classic next month. Marc Coucke, the leading sponsor of Boonen's Etixx-Quick Step team, said the 34-year-old Belgian had a very slim chance of competing in the race on April 12. "Tom Boonen is training … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Out Of Classics With A Radius Fracture

Confirmed Grade 3 AC-Joint Dislocation, Also Radial Head Fracture 10-Mar-2015: Tom Boonen underwent further examinations at the clinic of Herentals this morning, performed by Doctor Joris Van Roy and Doctor Toon Claes. The examinations confirmed a grade 3 AC-Joint dislocation. During the night Boonen also had pain in his left elbow. The examination this morning revealed a compound fracture to … [Read more...]

Etixx – Quick-Step Rider Tom Boonen Out Of Northern Classics

09-Mar-2015: Tom Boonen, who suffered a crash at the back of the peloton at Paris-Nice Stage 1 on Monday, was diagnosed with a left acromioclavicular (AC) joint dislocation after examinations were performed immediately at Centre Hospitalier in Blois. Boonen will have to respect a period of recovery for a minimum of three to six weeks. "An AC-joint dislocation, as we've already seen with other … [Read more...]

Jose Joaquin Rojas Wins Stage 1 Of Tour of Qatar

Doha, Feb 8, 2015 (AFP) - Spanish rider Jose Joaquin Rojas won the first stage of the Tour of Qatar, a 136 kilometres ride from Dukhan to Sealine Beach on Sunday. The 29-year-old Movistar rider -- Spanish road race champion in 2011 -- edged out Belgian veteran Tom Boonen and Arnaud Demare of France in a sprint finish. Rojas is unlikely to be able to hold onto the jersey all the way … [Read more...]

Boonen To Ask Judge To Reverse Tour ban

PARIS, June 23, 2009 (AFP) - Belgium's former world road race champion Tom Boonen is to appear here at a court on Thursday, in a bid to reverse the ban on him competing in the Tour de France by the race organizers, the rider's lawyer said on Tuesday. The judge is expected to make a ruling next week, the lawyer, Jean-Louis Dupont, said. The cyclist's legal team decided their case stood … [Read more...]

Boonen To Show Pozzato Tactical Way To Win Flanders

BRUGES, Belgium, April 4, 2009 (AFP) - Belgium's Tom Boonen will saddle up for the 93rd Tour of Flanders one-day classic Sunday knowing his wheel is one of only a few the victory contenders will be looking to follow in the crucial moments. The 'Ronde' - as cycling-mad Belgians from the Flemish-speaking part of the country like to believe - is one of the maddest, hardest, and prestigious … [Read more...]