World Champion Tom Boonen already has some fellow Belgian colleagues on his mind who could be able to help him defend his title in the upcoming World Championships in Salzburg, Austria. "(Belgian coach) Carlo Bomans can't afford to announce a pre-selection of 25 riders and reduce it afterwards - Belgium doesn't have the luxury to choose from so many riders," Boonen told Het Nieuwsblad. "I leave the filling for Bomans to do, but I'm thinking of Gilbert, Vansummeren, Nuyens, Hulsmans, Cretskens, Baguet and Aerts."
However, Boonen was conscious about the fact that he might hurt someone's feelings... "I hope that Hoste will ride the road race, too, and I can make use of a good Devolder as well. I'm just naming a few names here; maybe I forget some of them now," he added.