Tom Boonen Wins Tour of Spain Third Stage

CORDOBA, Spain, Sept 1, 2008 (AFP) - Italy's Daniel Bennati of Liquigas took the overall race leader's golden jersey in the Tour of Spain on Monday despite finishing the third stage in second place behind Belgium's Tom Boonen. Quick Step rider Boonen finished the 168.6-kilometre (105-mile) ride between Jaen and Cordoba, which included a moderate climb, in 4hr 25min 24sec, with Germany's … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen of Quick Step Wins Eneco Tour 4th Stage

ARDOOIE, Belgium, Aug 24, 2008 (AFP) - Belgian rider Tom Boonen of the Quick Step team won a sprint finish for Sunday's fourth stage of the Eneco Tour of Benelux. Dutch rider Kenny van Hummel finished second and Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen in third. Germany's Andre Greipel took the leader's jersey going into Monday's fifth stage over 171.8km from Ardooie to Ostend. Photo by: … [Read more...]

Tour of Benelux Results

Results after the 173.8km first stage of the Tour of Benelux cycling race on Thursday: 1st stage 1. Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step 4hr 16min 17sec, 2. Daniele Bennati (ITA) same time, 3. Fabio Sabatini (ITA) s.t., 4. Jurgen Roelandts (BEL) s.t., 5. Heinrich Haussler (GER) s.t. Overall 1. Jose Ivan Gutierrez (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne 4hr 21min 46sec, 2. Cyril Lemoine (FRA) … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Wins The First Stage of The Tour of Benelux

ROERMOND, The Netherlands, Aug 21, 2008 (AFP) - Belgian rider Tom Boonen, who rides for Quick Step, won the first stage of the Tour du Benelux here on Thursday. Spain's Jose Ivan Gutierrez, of the Caisse d'Epargne team, retained the yellow jersey after winning Wednesday's prologue. Boonen, 27, is the 2005 world champion. In June he was barred from the Tour de France after testing … [Read more...]

Sylvain Chavanel Agrees To Deal With Quick Step

BOURG-D'OISANS, France, July 24, 2008 (AFP) - France's biggest cycling star Sylvain Chavanel of Cofidis has agreed a two-year deal with the Belgian Quick Step team, it was confirmed here Thursday. Cofidis manager Eric Boyer said prior to the 18th stage of the Tour de France that his team leader had informed him earlier this week. "I wished him good luck," said Boyer, who is … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Set To Compete In Ster Elekotrotoer Race

PARIS, June 16, 2008 (AFP) - Belgian rider Tom Boonen will compete for the first time since the revelation of his positive test for cocaine, when he takes part in this week's Ster Elektrotoer race, his Quick Step team confirmed on Monday. Boonen, 27, will be team leader in the stage race which starts in the Netherlands on Tuesday. The 2005 world champion and reigning Paris-Roubaix … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen of Quick Step Out of Tour de France, Says Race Director

SAINT-PAUL-EN-JAREZ, France, June 11, 2008 (AFP) - Tour de France green jersey champion Tom Boonen has been barred from next month's race in the wake of a positive test for cocaine. Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme told AFP on Wednesday that Boonen would not be at the Brest start line on July 5 because his positive test, while not performance-enhancing, damaged the reputation of … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen opts for Italian stage race over Paris-Nice

BRUSSELS, Feb 29, 2008 (AFP) - Belgium's former world champion Tom Boonen has opted to race at the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race instead of Paris-Nice, his Quick Step team said Friday. Boonen, a one-day specialist who would use either race as preparation for the upcoming classics season, says the profile of the French 'Race to the Sun'is harder this year than usual.   Speaking to Flemish … [Read more...]