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Boonen to decide today if he will ride Amstel Gold Race

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 11, 2012, 10:21 BST,
Updated:
April 11, 2012, 11:37 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Race:
Amstel Gold Race
Eventual race winner Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) on the Eikenberg

Eventual race winner Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) on the Eikenberg

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Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider not yet recovered from successful Flemish classics campaign

Tom Boonen will decide today whether he will ride the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider, who dominated the Flemish classics, said that he had not yet recovered from his efforts in winning Paris-Roubaix.

“I'm still not recovered,” he told Nieuwsblad.be. “I feel really bad, like I'm sick. My limbs, my stomach's all just a mess. My legs actually have the least pain.”

He also hasn't been back on the bike since Sunday, not even on Tuesday, as planned, as “it was raining hard. Now the plan is that I wil ride the Gold Race.” It would be his debut in the race.

Boonen is expected then to take a racing break before continuing with the Tour of California (May 13-20).  It is not clear if he will ride the Tour de France as preparation for the London Olympics.

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