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Boonen to undergo shoulder op after Paris-Nice crash (The Associated Press)
March 10, 2015 (19:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
PARIS (AP) -- Former world road champion Tom Boonen will undergo surgery on Wednesday after damaging his left shoulder and elbow in a crash during the Paris-Nice race. More...
Boonen to undergo shoulder op after Paris-Nice crash
March 10, 2015 (17:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Former world road champion Tom Boonen will undergo surgery on Wednesday after damaging his left shoulder and elbow in a crash during the Paris-Nice race.The one-day classics specialist, who will miss the Tour of Flanders... More...
Boonen to undergo shoulder op after Paris-Nice crash (The Associated Press)
March 10, 2015 (17:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
PARIS (AP) -- Former world road champion Tom Boonen will undergo surgery on Wednesday after damaging his left shoulder and elbow in a crash during the Paris-Nice race. More...
Kristoff wins Paris-Nice 1st stage, Boonen retires injured (The Associated Press)
March 10, 2015 (00:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Alexander Kristoff of Norway sprinted to victory in the first stage of Paris-Nice on Monday to claim his fifth win this season, while former world champion Tom Boonen retired with a dislocated left shoulder. The Katusha rider edged Frenchmen Nacer Bouhanni and Bryan Coquard at the end of the 196.5-kilometer (122.1-mile) stage from Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse to Contres that was marred by Boonen's crash. I knew I had to hold them off, as well as Bryan Coquard, so I didn't know I'd won right away when I crossed the line.'' Michal Kwiatkowski, who won Sunday's prologue, retained the race leader's yellow jersey. More...
Kristoff wins Paris-Nice 1st stage, Boonen retires injured (The Associated Press)
March 09, 2015 (21:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Alexander Kristoff of Norway sprinted to victory in the first stage of Paris-Nice on Monday to claim his fifth win this season, while former world champion Tom Boonen retired with a dislocated left shoulder. The Katusha rider edged Frenchmen Nacer Bouhanni and Bryan Coquard at the end of the 196.5-kilometer (122.1-mile) stage from Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse to Contres that was marred by Boonen's crash. I knew I had to hold them off, as well as Bryan Coquard, so I didn't know I'd won right away when I crossed the line.'' Michal Kwiatkowski, who won Sunday's prologue, retained the race leader's yellow jersey. More...
Boonen suffers dislocated shoulder in Paris-Nice crash
March 09, 2015 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) dislocated his left shoulder during a crash in Paris-Nice and will need three to six weeks to recover, his team announced today. The injury means Boonen will not compete in the Northern Classics. Boonen suffered aleft acromioclavicular (AC) joint dislocation in the crash, which occurred as the peloton was chasing a two-rider breakaway about 20km from the finish. Boonen, riding near the rear of the peloton, touched wheels with the rider in front of him and hit the tarmac hard. Boonen landed hard on his shoulder and was seen cradling his left arm as he sat on the ground waiting for medical attention.A Cannondale-Garmin rider also went down in the crash. "An AC-joint dislocation, as we've already seen with other riders of the team with the same kind of injury, requires an extended time of recovery due to the nature of the injury," said Etixx-QuickStep doctor Yvan van Mol. "Unfortunately, because of the injury and the time it takes to recover, Boonen will not be able to participate in the Northern Classics. Tomorrow Tom will undergo further examination in Belgium to diagnose the grade of the dislocation and determine if surgery is necessary based on the grade."ADVERTISEMENT The Belgian Classics specialist has had a solid early season so far, finishing inside the top 10 seven times, including third at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and second during stages in Oman and Qatar. After Paris-Nice, Boonen, 34, was headed for E3 Harelbeke, which he was won five times. From there, his schedule included Gent-Wevelegem, where he is a three-time winner, Tour of Flanders, which he has also won three times, Scheldeprijs and Paris-Roubaix. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kristoff wins Paris-Nice 1st stage, Boonen breaks collarbone
March 09, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CONTRES, France (AP) " Alexander Kristoff of Norway sprinted to victory in the first stage of Paris-Nice on Monday to claim his fifth win this season as former world champion Tom Boonen retired with a broken collarbone.The Katusha... More...
News shorts: Boonen tax trial delayed, Fontana switches to the road for Strade Bianche
March 04, 2015 (18:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Boonen and Lefevere handed reprieve in tax case The tax evasion case involving Tom Boonen and his Etixx-QuickStep team boss Patrick Lefevere has been postponed. The pair were due to appear in front of the council chambers in Kortrijk this Tuesday along with Trek Factory Racing racing Stijn Devolder and six other members of the Etixx team. According to a report in the Dutch newspaper de Telegraaf, the lawyers have requested a delay in the proceedings so that they may be able to reach a settlement. The trial is the result of an investigation that began in 2009. Boonen and his fellow defendants are believed to have used various financial schemes to avoid paying tax. In 2013, the three-time Tour of Flanders victor reportedly paid 2 million to pay off a tax bill that was discovered during the investigation.ADVERTISEMENT A new date is yet to be fixed but it is likely to be sometime in June. Roelandts confident illness hasnt harmed form You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Classic specialists test their legs in Kuurne
March 02, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Midway through Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne there were some accelerations from the classics specialists on the Oude Kwaremont but at the end of the day a bunch sprint concluded the race on the Brugsesteenweg in Kuurne with Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) as winner. For Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep), Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Ian Stannard (Sky) the donkey race in Kuurne ended up being a good training ride. When approaching the Oude Kwaremont, Tom Boonen accelerated a couple of times to make the race harder. Vanmarcke accelerated fiercely on the cobbles of the Oude Kwaremont. His acceleration created the 20-man lead group that rode ahead of the peloton for a while. The group also included Tom Boonen while Stannard was pulling his sprinter Elia Viviani along. Alexander Kristoff and Philippe Gilbert had to work hard but managed to make the cut as well. Once there was a regrouping Vanmarcke still planned to launch an attack in the final kilometres but eventually he opted to work for his team's sprinter Tom Van Asbroeck, who eventually finished fourth.ADVERTISEMENT "After the Oude Kwaremont we rode away with a large group of about twenty riders. Some riders were hiding in the group. That made sense because they wanted to save themselves for the sprint. I told Maarten Wynants that I would stop working too because someone had to be able to ride the finale. On the local laps I decided that we would go for Tom [Van Asbroeck]. I noticed during the first lap that there wasn't enough crosswinds. Then I said that I would be the last man to lead out the sprint," Vanmarcke said. The Belgian looked back on a good weekend in which he managed a fifth place in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Vanmarcke had been chasing the peloton for twenty kilometres before chasing the lead group of four riders for another forty kilometres. "The form is very good but the results weren't there. Yesterday much more was possible but due to bad luck it didn't happen. With the eye on the upcoming weeks it's good to know my form is very good. Today I wasn't as good as Saturday. Another time trial of 60 kilometres wasn't possible. It created a lot of fatigue yesterday. Everybody seemed tired after yesterday's race," Vanmarcke said. While Vanmarcke and Boonen were putting the hammer down in front Stannard took his time to move up. The winner of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday was working for his team's sprinter on Sunday. "We wanted a sprint for Viviani. I saw Tom and some of the other guys going. I just had to shut that gap, really. Otherwise they could've gone and that could've been the end of the race. I was aware of Viviani just behind me. I didn't blow him of the wheels there. It was difficult with the crosswinds there. I just took my time and slowly came back," Stannard told Cyclingnews. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Boonen: We should have waited for the sprint
February 28, 2015 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Amid the comedy of errors that was Etixx-QuickSteps unravelling in the finale of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, Tom Boonen could at least summon up some gallows humour. As he leant across to congratulate the surprise winner Ian Stannard (Team Sky) on the podium, he quipped laconically that it had been a nice team time trial. Boonen had two Etixx-QuickStep teammates " Niki Terpstra and Stijn Vandenbergh " for company in the four-man winning move that formed after the cobbles at Haaghoek with 40 kilometres remaining, and nothing, it seemed, could come between the team and a first Omloop win since Nick Nuyens triumphed all of a decade ago. True, Stannard was able to sit on their wheels all the way to Ghent, but the races apparent strongman, Sep Vanmarcke (Lotto-JumboNL) had punctured out of the move. The deck was stacked so heavily in Etixx-QuickSteps favour that it simply seemed a question of choosing exactly how they wanted to win it.ADVERTISEMENT They ultimately opted to play a rather surprising hand, however, as Boonen himself was the first to launch a telling attack in the finale. He punched his way clear with a little over four kilometres remaining, but a resilient Stannard clawed him back and grew in confidence thereafter. Stannard responded to Terpstras later move, too, and then pulled the Dutchman away with him inside the final three kilometres. Boonen gave a desperate, lone chase through the streets of Ghents southern outskirts, but had to settle for third place, while Terpstra contrived to lead out the sprint and lose it to Stannard. We made the error of starting to attack, Boonen said afterwards. Stannard could have sat on our wheels for an hour. We didnt have a lead of a few minutes on the chasers either. We should have just kept riding to make sure they didnt bring us back. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Boonen, Cavendish, Terpstra headline QuickStep weekend rosters
February 27, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Etixx-QuickStep have announced their official rosters for this weekends Classics kick-off at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, with Tom Boonen and Niki Terpstra sharing the leadership load at Omloop on Saturday, and Mark Cavendish joining the effort the next day for Kuurne. Boonen will be looking for his first-ever win win at Omloop, while Niki Terpstra recently showed fine form in the Middle East. The 200.2km Omloop Het Nieuwsblad features 11 hellingen, including many of the climbs also featured, or formerly featured, in the Tour of Flanders. There are also 10 cobbled sections.ADVERTISEMENT "The parcours hasn't changed much, so the final is the same," Sport Director Wilfried Peeters said. "For all the riders it's the first test to see where they are on this kind of parcours before the big Classics. The masks will fall off." Peeters said QuickStep will bring a strong roster to the race with riders in good condition that can be a part of the action and play a part in the final. "So we are pretty confident in our abilities to be a protagonist," Peeters said. "The last time we won this race was 10 years ago with Nick Nuyens, but the finish was still in Lokeren. Tom Boonen was second that day. Now we hope after 10 years that we can do a good race and try to get a win.??" You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mistake costs Boonen Tour of Oman stage victory
February 18, 2015 (11:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Boonen was visibly frustrated after seeing victory slip from his grasp after a mistimed sprint on stage one of the Tour of Oman. The discussions with his Etixx-QuickStep teammates were animated as they dissected the race minutes after crossing the finish line, trying to establish what had gone wrong. Boonen led the sprint but was forced to concede defeat to Astana's Andrea Guardini, who overhauled him in the last 50 metres after Boonen faded. "I'm disappointed because we did a lot of work in the final, but my feelings are really good," said Boonen at the finish after taking some time to compose his thoughts before he spoke to the media. "We had done good work in the previous five kilometres for the sprint and I was strong." Boonen and his Etixx-QuickStep team have come to the race brimming with confidence after taking yet another overall victory at the Tour of Qatar with Niki Terpstra last week. The difficult nature of the finish was favourable for Boonen and they amassed on the front in the final kilometres, looking for another early victory. However, the Boonen was forced to go early to avoid getting boxed in on the tight slope towards the finish. The gradient, combined with a headwind, played against Boonen who rued the missed chance at opening his 2015 win tally.ADVERTISEMENT "Today it was an opportunity, especially as the stage was not difficult. In the final 300 meters, I had to go, but it was still too long, with the headwind and two to three per cent slope. If I went 50 yards later, I could win, but then I had everyone in the wheel, I was like a locomotive for them." There are still a number of opportunities for Boonen, who continues to look in strong form, in the coming days with a lumpy finishes on stages two and stage five. While he would like to notch up a victory before the classics, Boonen is happy to let some of the other teams take the pressure during the stage. "In Qatar, we were the favourites and each stage we did lots of work and each stage is hard. Today, it wasn't a difficult stage as it was controlled well by Katusha, who worked the whole stage," said Boonen. "In Oman, we do not need to come here as contenders and do the work every day like in Qatar but I want to try my luck a few times in the sprint." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Etixx-QuickStep launch desert warfare in Qatar but Kristoff wins battle
February 10, 2015 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
However predictable it might have been, the sight of Tom Boonen and his Etixx-QuickStep team hitting the front at the start of stage 2 of the Tour of Qatar still sent the majority of the peloton running for cover. With the wind up, Belgiums premier force split the race in the opening kilometres with a volley of accelerations that saw only thirty riders make the initial front group. After an hour of racing, the peloton finally re-grouped but the early skirmishes through the barren sandstorms of Qatar were merely a taste of what was still to come. After Movistar had resumed their position at the front of the field in support of race leader Jos Joaquin Rojas, Etixx were on the march once more. It may not have been pretty but it was mightily effective. With 123 kilometres covered, the Belgian team cut through the bunch, splintering it into echelons once more. From the start it was really tough, with this sand storm early on, Tom Boonen told the press at the finish. The first sixty kilometres were full on, then it came back together. Then the Movistar team wanted to control from then on, and it worked for a while. But we started racing again. On the right turn, we took control and upped the pace. The bunch ripped and the finale was on. ADVERTISEMENT We tried with the echelons but in the end some of the guys had cramps in the finale. Today was really hard and theres a lot of tired legs, said Etixxs Wilfried Peeters. The stage was longer here than in other years, with the weather, and crosswinds, maybe we were pulling a bit too much in the final but thats the reason why we lost today. We tried but Kristoff was fastest. And so it proved. Despite Etixxs might, it was Kristoffs will that won the stage. Boonen picked up three seconds at the second intermediate sprint of the day but even a nine-second provisional buffer on the Norwegian wasnt enough. I never missed an echelon in Qatar, the Belgian said at the line. But when we turned back towards the finish line, the first small attacks came and straight away I felt the lactic acid in my legs. I had nothing left after the hard work earlier. Boonen would eventually finish out of the time bonuses in fourth. Kristoff claimed ten seconds to go with his stage win and he now leads the Ettix leader by a single second. That was a great day for me and a great victory. Its a little bit unexpected but Im happy, Kristoff said when he came to a standstill. Everyone knew it was going to be hard but I was there and felt good all day. There were some attacks but everyone was tired. I managed to keep it under control for the sprint. Tuesdays time trial will ultimately shake up the standings in the overall but Etixx, according to Boonen, still have a number of cards to play. I missed the GC lead by one second, but that's no big deal. After the TT tomorrow I will be behind a lot more. But in the last two stages there's cards to play. In this race the GC is not over until you cross the finish line of the last stage. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Boonen and Sagan crash mid-race in Tour of Qatar opener
February 09, 2015 (13:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) survived a scare on stage 1 of the Tour of Qatar after crashing with rival Peter Sagan. The Belgian was unhurt and managed to finish second to Jos Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) in a chaotic sprint on a day that was marked by consistent headwinds and fraught nerves. It was a messy day with the headwind and everyone had the nerves even though they knew the headwind conditions would keep it together, Boonen told Cyclingnews at the finish. Boonen crashed with Sagan around the second intermediate sprint of the day. Both men quickly remounted and were able to carry on with the Tinkoff-Saxo rider also contesting the sprint, and finishing fourth. When Sagan crashed I was on his wheel, and I stumbled over him but I was going about five kilometres per hour when it happened so theres nothing bad. Boonens team had been aggressively earlier in the stage. When the race did change direction, as it headed from Dukhan to Sealine Beach, Etixx were quick to test their rivals responses with several accelerations in the crosswinds. It worked, with the peloton briefly splitting into three groups midway through the stage. ADVERTISEMENT We tried one time and we got a break going with around 30 guys but then it all came back but I had that crash with Peter. In the final 25 kilometres everyone was trying to do something but with the headwind and then the sidewind playing around all day we ended up with the sprint and I was beaten, he told Cyclingnews. I only just heard that about the time but thats good, he said in reference to Kittel and Wiggins. When asked about Valverde, he replied, He was up there but I think we can get rid of him one of these days. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Terpstras ambition not sated by Paris-Roubaix victory
January 12, 2015 (16:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Terpstras ambition not sated by Paris-Roubaix victoryDutchman on invention and pressure at Etixx-QuickStepBy Barry Ryan. January 11, 09:17Niki Terpstra was a latecomer at the Etixx-QuickStep media day in Calpe during, jetting in from the Netherlands after sealing victory in the Rotterdam Six Day with Iljo Keisse the previous night. By the time he emerged on the terrace at the rear of the Hotel Sol y Mar, television crews were already swarming around teammates Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish and Michal Kwiatkowski, and the Dutchman was able to help himself to a coffee on arrival before he was ushered across to speak to a small group of reporters. Terpstra’s victory at Paris-Roubaix in 2014 was enough to earn him a new three-year contract but in what is arguably the WorldTour’s most star-studded team, he feels that there has been no discernible change in his status and, for that matter, seems quite glad of the fact. “I think it’s like last year,” Terpstra said after settling into an armchair, coffee now perched on his knee. “Of course, they have trust me in me otherwise they wouldn’t have signed me for another three years but I don’t think it’s going to change a lot. The strength of our team is that we have a lot of strong riders in the final of a race; not only one captain, but some more riders who can finish the job.” Lining up for the cobbled classics as part of such a stacked roster is something a double-edged sword. Stijn Devolder, for instance, was able to use Boonen and his teammates as a foil to win successive Tours of Flanders at QuickStep in 2008 and 2009. However over the years, men like Nick Nuyens and Sylvain Chavanel often struggled to carve out opportunities for themselves and set out for pastures new. Terpstra would not have been short of suitors had he opted not to extend with Etixx-QuickStep but the 30-year-old said that he prefers to operate as part of a strong collective rather than as a lone leader. The statistics support his thesis: QuickStep riders have won exactly half of the editions of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in the past decade. “I really like this system actually, especially with Tom: he always has your back. He’s there, he can finish the job and I feel really strong with him and confident,” Tersptra said. “And that’s the thing I prefer to being the only guy. When everybody is in good shape, we have a really good team. [Matteo] Trentin can win races, [Zdenek] Stybar can win races, [Stijn] Vandenbergh can win races.” Earlier in the afternoon, sport and development manager Rolf Aldag had said that his instruction to Terpstra for the 2015 season would simply be to “stay wild.” Since joining the team in 2011, Terpstra has typically been deployed to crack open deadlocked races by going on the offensive from distance, while Boonen keeps his powder dry behind. Yet even amid the careful tactical plotting of the race radio era, there is still room for invention, and in the finale of Paris-Roubaix last year, Terpstra seized the moment and won. “In WorldTour races, you have radio communication and you have contact every ten minutes or every five minutes. But in other races, there’s no radio communication and the tactics are already four or five hours old so you have to adjust yourself,” he said. “But a move sometimes comes in a split second and then you don’t need a radio: you just need yourself, your mind, good legs and the inspiration to go.” Return to Roubaix The early part of Terpstra’s 2015 season will follow a familiar pattern, and he will once again start at the Tour of Qatar, where he claimed overall victory last season, before steadily building towards the first two Sundays in April. “From Qatar on, it’s one line until Paris-Roubaix,” he said, downplaying the idea that the fierce competition for places – and for leadership roles – in Etixx-QuickStep’s Tour of Flanders and Roubaix teams could prove counter-productive. “Most of the riders know their place in the team and they know their job, we don’t even discuss a lot about it. We like to work with each other and there’s a good chemistry and if you see the main selection that does the classics, it’s already here for four years,” he said. “Maybe there’ll be some slight changes but it’s a tight group.” Wearing the QuickStep jersey in the Belgian classics brings with it a particular brand of pressure – witness the scrum of journalists and fans outside the bus at starts and finishes throughout the spring, on cobbled squares in Ghent and Roeselare, in Waregem and Harelbeke, in Bruges and Oudenaarde. But for Terpstra, the weight of expectation is a positive tension. “It gets nervous in March but it’s a good kind of nervousness. There’s a nice tension in the team. The selections of the team are being pronounced and everybody’s getting in good shape, in race shape,” he said. “We do a lot of big races in March and April and it’s a big pressure but I like the pressure.” At this point in the year, Terpstra steadfastly refuses to look beyond the Roubaix velodrome on the second Sunday in April, deflecting a question on the Richmond world championships with a half grin from behind his sunglasses: “After April, we will see but for now the focus is until there.” Terpstra is a man who rarely gives away too much of himself in his dealings with the press, playfully peppering his answers with wry humour and pithy asides but almost always exercising a degree of restraint. When asked if his ambition had been sated by landing Paris-Roubaix victory, however, Terpstra’s response was a revealing one, as he contemplated lining up with the number one dossard in 2015. “If you are the number one, when you come back the following year and you don’t win, it feels like losing. So of course I’m extremely motivated to race good there again,” he said, before carefully adding: “In the end I must not only focus on myself to win but on the team to win.” More...
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