Posts Tagged "Tom Boonen"

Katusha responded in the best possible way to their recent trials and tribulations in regards to their World Tour status with victory in the first classic of the Spring season at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, with Luca Paolini taking the win after a two-man dash to the line alongside Stijn Vanderbergh (Omega Pharma – QuickStep).

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Ladies and gentlemen, roll up, roll up! Open up those nostrils, take in that heady whiff of pommes frites, mayonnaise, triple-brewed beer and good old fashioned blood, sweat and tears. Let the Season of the Classics begin!

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The Tour of Qatar conjures up a series of contrasting images. The stunning waterfront and soaring skyscrapers of Doha give way to barren, sandy landscapes just moments after leaving the city.

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The Hell of the North is the most arduous one day test in cycling. They make special bikes just for this race.

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There’s no doubt what was the biggest story in 2012, I’m sure we can all agree on that. Lance Armstrong’s thumping fall from grace took up more column inches than just about any other story in the annals of sports writing.

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With a new and exciting season fast approaching, it’s time to look back and decide just who were the superstars of 2012. In a totally subjective exercise, I have nominated my top five cyclists of the year.

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Belgian cycling star Tom Boonen announced on Tuesday that he will forego this year’s Tour de France so as to be fresh for a tilt at the Olympic road race title.

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It’s a combination of nature, nurture, technique and body shape, with a bit of history for extra motivation. Nature and nurture are Boonen’s physical gifts and the training he does to maximise them

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The fascination with this beast of a race began with an image on my screen saver – a 2010 picture of Fabian Cancellara in a shroud of dust, on the hunt to victory hammering out the merciless cobbles. My fascination with Paris-Roubaix, the race, was born.

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What was the highlight of the week in cycling? Between the track world championships in Melbourne and Tom Boonen’s spectacular victory at Paris-Roubaix, it’s difficult to pick a single moment, such was the quality of racing we’ve seen.

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Tom Boonen’s remarkable run of form continued on Sunday when he became only the second rider to win the Paris-Roubaix classic for a fourth time.

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Tom Boonen’s emphatic win in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix – the Queen of the Classics – led even the man himself to label himself “the best ever on cobblestones”.

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Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen won the Paris-Roubaix race for a record-equalling fourth time, successfully breaking away from the pack about 55km from the end of Sunday’s one-day classic.

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GreenEDGE goes into the Pairs-Roubiax without its key cobbled classics man, Sebastiaan Langevelde, who broke his collarbone in a collision with a spectator.

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Tom Boonen displayed sensational form to win the Tour of Flanders this weekend. With a mere week’s break before cycling’s next monument, Paris-Roubaix, he looks the red-hot favourite to repeat the dose and win his fourth Hell of the North.

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In cycling circles the Tour of Flanders, or Ronde van Vlaanderen, is a widely anticipated and respected event. It is Belgium’s “race that stops a nation”.

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Belgian classics specialist Tom Boonen proved he was back to his best with an historic third Ronde van Vlaanderen crown on Sunday.

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Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen won the one day classic Tour of Flanders for a record equalling third time on Sunday.

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As the peloton enters Belgian cycling’s Holy Week, does anyone else have a prayer apart from the in-form Belgian Tom Boonen and his old Swiss foe Fabian Cancellara?

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Quick-Step Cycling’s Tom Boonen has shown his superiority by taking out his third Gent-Wevelgem victory over a very competitive field. In a race where Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Matti Breschel (Rabobank) also impressed, Australia’s GreenEDGE continued their strong recent season form.

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