Tom Boonen says that he is ready to go for the win in Sunday's Hell of the North, as his injuries from the Driedaagse van De Panne are now much better. Having three stitches to the middle finger of his left hand did not seem to stop him in last Sunday's Ronde van Vlaanderen, but he was definitely not at his best in Wednesday's Gent-Wevelgem.
"In contrast to the morning of Gent-Wevelgem, my left hand wasn't swollen this morning," he said to the VUM newspapers after a two hour ride on Thursday. "For Paris-Roubaix, it won't be a problem."
Boonen's teammates Filippo Pozzato and Bram Tankink will also start on Sunday, despite recent injuries. Pozzato was able to train OK on Thursday morning after his crash in the finale of Gent-Wevelgem.