Tom Boonen voted top Flandrian

Wiggins awarded international prize, De Vocht top woman

Thanks to his double victories in Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, Omega Pharma-QuickStep's Tom Boonen was voted by his peers as winner of the 'Flandrien 2012' as the best rider of the year in Belgium

Boonen beat out new world champion Philippe Gilbert to win the honour for the first time since 2005, and his third trip to the podium to receive the coveted trophy.

"It's fun and what makes it even better is the fact that I won ahead of the newly crowned world champion Philippe Gilbert. This gives even more value to this trophy," Boonen said according to nieuwsblad.be.

"It is clear to me that this is the trophy for consistency. I have won more big races than Gilbert, who won the biggest race."

Boonen's season was arguably one of the best of his career: after taking a stage in the Tour de San Luis in January, he went on to demonstrate his form at the Tour of Qatar, winning two stages and the overall, before heading back to Belgium to dominate the Classics.

His second place to Garmin's Sep Vanmarcke in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was the result of a mis-timed sprint, but it was an indication that 'Tommeke' was getting back to his best.

After winning a stage of Paris-Nice, Boonen scored victories in the E3 Prijs and Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, all in the span of two weeks.

His record of 2012 is surpassed only by his world championship winning 2005, and is a huge rebound from a dismal 2011 season, in which his crashes outnumbered his victories.

"This trophy is a reward for the hard work that I've done after a few difficult years to get back to the top This return was as beautiful as my best wins," Boonen said.

Bradley Wiggins was voted international rider of the year, while Liesbet De Vocht won top female, Jasper Stuyven won the U23 voting and Kevin Deltombe the juniors. Enzo Wouters won the newcomer's class.

Results

Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Boonen  
2Philippe Gilbert  
3Thomas De Gendt  
4Niels Albert  
5Jurgen Van den Broeck  
Past Winners
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
    
2011Philippe Gilbert  
2010Philippe Gilbert  
2009Philippe Gilbert  
2008Greg Van Avermaet  
2007Paolo Bettini (Ita)  
2006Paolo Bettini (Ita)  
2005Tom Boonen  
2004Tom Boonen  
2003Paolo Bettini (Ita)  
Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Liesbet De Vocht49 pts
2Evelyn Arys47 
3Jessie Daams43 
4Maaike Polspoel33 
5Kelly Druyts32 
6Jolien D’Hoore28 
7Kaat Hannes  
8Sofie De Vuyst24 
9Annelies Van Doorslaer20 
10Ludivine Henrion14 
11Else Belmans  
U23
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Stuyven33 pts
2Sean De Bie25 
3Yves Lampaert24 
4Louis Verhelst22 
5Benjamin Verraes20 
6Floris Smeyers  
7Thomas Sprengers19 
8Kenneth Van Bilsen18 
9Tim De Troyer17 
10Sander Helven  
Juniors
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Deltombe49 pts
2Tiesj Benoot47 
3Dries Van Gestel32 
4Maxime Farazijn22 
5Joachim Vanreyten21 
6Dries Verstrepen15 
7Alexander Geuens  
8Nathan Van Hooydonck  
9Otto Vergaerde11 
10Matthias Van Gompel  
Newcomers
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Enzo Wouters56 pts
2Senne Leysen54 
3Charlie Arimont49 
4Jordi Warlop48 
5Igor Decraene24 
6Dennis Delmotte21 
7Maxim Bollé14 
8Milan Menten12 
9Steff Cras  
10Emiel Planckaert11 

 

Author: Cycling News

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