It is widely considered that the Belgian TV cycling commentators are among the best in their field. But not only can they explain things well verbally, a few of them can also write. Michel Wuyts, VRT's main cycling commentator, has written yet another book, Het jaar van Tom Boonen (The year of Tom Boonen).
Although the title might indicate otherwise, the book is not just about the new Belgian god of cycling. "It's a book which covers the whole 2005 season, looked at from a different perspective," said Wuyts in Het Nieuwsblad. "Partially by Tom Boonen himself, partially by myself. I described what I have seen and experienced and asked Tom for his point of view.
"I dare to say that this has led to a few really pleasant observations. Details? Did you know that Guido Trenti, Tom's American team mate, offered to give him a hand during the last kilometres of the World Championships but that Tom politely turned down the offer? Or that Dirk Demol had rang Johan Bruyneel one and a half hour before the finish of Paris-Roubaix to report that they could forget about Hincapie because Boonen was unbeatable? And I couldn't fail to mention all those other personalities which coloured this season. I name just a few: Stijn Devolder, David Zabriskie, Michael Rasmussen and...Ivan Basso's sister!"
Het jaar van Tom Boonen is published by Houtekiet. It's a 170 page paperback, and sells for € 16.50.
Courtesy of Sabine Sunderland