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Tom Boonen of Quick Step will bring his 2008 campaign to an end today at the Nationale Sluitingprijs...
Tom Boonen of Quick Step will bring his 2008 campaign to an end today at the Nationale Sluitingprijs - Putte - Kapellen. The traditional Belgian road season closing race runs over 177 kilometres. Boonen will hope for one final win this season in the 1.1 Sluitingprijs.
A sprint win, however, is not a given on this course, even though it is fairly flat. Last year, Floris Goesinnen (Skil-Shimano) won with a gap of 14 seconds before the peloton. Other winners include Nick Nuyens (2003), Gert Steegmans (2005), Geert Omloop (2002) and Steven De Jongh (2000), indicating that it is not necessarily a race for the pure sprinters like Boonen.
The race will start at 12:45. The racers will face a 14.77-kilometre course that they will have to do 12 times.