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Boonen gets new custom bike

By:
Monika Prell
Published:
March 26, 2007, 1:00 BST,
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April 20, 2009, 22:17 BST
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Latest Cycling News for March 26, 2007

Former World Champion Tom Boonen - who has had back problems for four years - is to receive a...

Former World Champion Tom Boonen - who has had back problems for four years - is to receive a custom-built from Specialized. On Sunday, the American bike manufacturer said it had given the Belgian a custom-made bike to test, in the hope that his problems will improve.

Monaco-based Boonen has now returned to his home country in preparation for the Spring Classics. "Because the races take place here now, he's staying in the country and will see a back specialist, too," Quick-Step team director 'Fitte' Peeters told Sportwereld. "Tom's back problems started in Gent-Wevelgem four years ago, when he crashed into a photographer. It remains a delicate issue, but we have it under control."

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