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Boonen to miss Amstel Gold Race

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 11, 2012, 14:25,
Updated:
April 11, 2012, 15:24
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Race:
Amstel Gold Race
Boonen kicked for home solo some 52km out at Paris-Roubaix and held on comfortably

Boonen kicked for home solo some 52km out at Paris-Roubaix and held on comfortably

  • Boonen kicked for home solo some 52km out at Paris-Roubaix and held on comfortably
  • Boonen savours the moment of victory at the Tour of Flanders
  • Boonen corners at Paris-Roubaix in the closing stages

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Man of the moment opts to rest after recent exertions

Reports in the Belgian media have confirmed that Tom Boonen will not be competing in this weekend's Amstel Gold Race. The Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider has swept all before him on the cobbles in recent weeks, scoring victories at E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

After his win at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, Boonen suggested that he might line up at Amstel Gold for what would have been his debut in the prestigious Ardennes Classic. But now it appears that the exertions of the last few weeks, which catapulted him into the history books, have taken their toll.

It is thought that Boonen will now take a mid-season break before possibly returning to the road in the Amgen Tour of California on 13 May.