The Tour de France is fast approaching, which means it is a busy time for organisers of the post-Tour criteriums. They are busily trying to sign star riders to make an appearance at their race. Many riders, who may be feeling the form coming on, decide to wait until near the end of the Tour before signing with a race organiser in the hope that they can demand more start money due to their good results during the race.
Not so, it seems, for Tornado Tom Boonen, who has already signed his first contact for the Belgian Natour Broker Criterium which takes place on Tuesday July 31 in Diksmuide, only leaving riders one day of rest after the conclusion of the Tour. Only in its third year, the criterium has already built a reputation as being the first stop for the best Belgian riders and just like the first two editions, Boonen will be the star.