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  1. General Cycling Discussion
    Tom Boonen will be gunning for a record fifth Paris-Roubaix title this weekend in France. It will also be his last professional race. Tom Boonen is the first professional rider to sign a very special Specialized Tarmac frame that will be autographed by pros throughout the 2017 season before...
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    Tom Boonen began his professional career 16 years ago. Next Sunday's Paris-Roubaix will be his last race. Photo courtesy of Defeet Athletes often turn to music to help inspire them to ride faster and go further. To help explain that connection, Defeet has created a new web series called Ride...
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    With synchronized shifting functionality, the new Shimano Di2 system can be set up to control both derailleurs with just one shift lever. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com This coming weekend, Tom Boonen will get to race in front of home country fans in one of the...
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    Some pro athletes get cars or motorcycles when they retire. Tom Boonen got this very special bike. Photo by ©BrakeThrough Media When you race your bike for 15 years, win a record-tying four Paris-Roubaix titles, three Tour of Flanders crowns, plus a handful of Tour de France stages and one...
  5. Pro Cycling - Tour de France
    Boonen has a record four Paris-Roubaix titles to his name (click to enlarge). "I love the cobbles because it's honest. Just me and the bike." -- Tom Boonen Northern France's cobblestones need no introduction. This is the home of Paris-Roubaix, one of bike racing's great monuments. A successful...
  6. General Cycling Discussion
    Though past his prime, the Belgian great is convinced he can still be a factor in the sport's most important one-day race. Last year, injury slowed Belgian great Tom Boonen. But the legendary classics specialist is back in fighting form and this weekend will be chasing his fifth Paris-Roubaix...
  7. General Cycling Discussion
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZjw734TCCM What is this one absolutely indispensable item a pro can't live without when on the road racing? No. 1 on the list, not surprisingly, is their mobile phone. But beyond that some of the answers may surprise you.
  8. Pro Cycling - Tour de France
    Tom Boonen's custom painted Specialized Venge. Arguably the biggest pro bike race in North America, the 2014 Amgen Tour of California attracts some of the sport's biggest names. Among the 158 riders contesting this eight-day race this year are Thor Hushovd, Bradley Wiggins, Tom Boonen, Mark...
  9. General Cycling Discussion
    Tom Boonen is having quite the year, winning the overall at the Tour of Qatar, E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders, and his 4th victory at Paris-Roubaix. Making him the first ever cyclist to ever win the Flemish cobblestone quadruple. After an incredible spring classics campaign...
  10. General Cycling Discussion
    After the peloton reeled in the final three riders of an original eight rider breakaway with 10km to go, it became clear that the 185.5km Stage 1 of AMGEN Tour of California would likely come down to a field sprint. However, a crash with more than 3km to go affected the chances of several riders...
  11. Pro Cycling - Tour de France
    Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickStep Three-time Amgen Tour of California Champion On the start taking place in Santa Rosa "I remember the day we had the press conference in San Francisco. It was the fall of 2005 where we were announcing there would be a tour in California. I remember...
  12. General Cycling Discussion
    Today the long awaited wind smiled on the Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team. In the desert of Qatar Tom Boonen clinched a second success after his victory in the first stage, his 20th personal bull's eye in Qatar, at the end of a gruelling race in which the colours of Omega Pharma -...
  13. General Cycling Discussion
    "I've never seen such bad luck! " These were the first words of Sporting Director Wilfried Peeters at the conclusion of the Paris Roubaix. "In all our years racing we have never been so unlucky. We really weren't ever able to express our full potential due to mechanical problems, flat tyres and...
  14. General Cycling Discussion
    Thanks to a wonderful sprint Tom Boonen won the Gent-Wevelgem race for the second time in his career today, following his first success here in 2004 that started the legend of "Tornado Tom". Boonen edged out Daniele Bennati (Team Leopard) and Tyler Farrar (Team Garmin) on the finish line. "It's...
  15. General Cycling Discussion
    Stage 16 Results 1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step - 5.21.16 2 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas 3 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner 4 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux 5 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Astana 6 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi...
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    Stage 3 Results - 1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step - 4.25.24 2 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 3 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram 4 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 5 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole 6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 7...
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