Belgian drought continues in Sanremo

Tom Boonen (Quick Step)

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) (Image credit: AFP)

Not since Andrei Tchmil in 1999 has a Belgian triumphed in Milano-Sanremo, and before that one must rewind all the way back to 1981 and Alfons DeWolf to find the next Belgian winner. That drought continued today as neither Tom Boonen (Quick Step) nor the in-form Philippe Gilbert (Française des Jeux) were able to bring home the victory. After struggling on the Poggio, Boonen never figured in the finale although Gilbert fared much better, sprinting home with a select group for third place behind Fabian Cancellara (Team CSC) and Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas).

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