Boonen back in Tour of Belgium

The 76th Tour of Belgium runs between May 24-28, and will see the return of World Champion and defending champion Tom Boonen to racing. "I'm a bit tired of the long training rides I've done in recent weeks," said Boonen to VRT. "I yearn for competition. After the Scheldeprijs, I did nothing for eight or nine days. I had to recover, especially get my head clear again. I was still in reasonably good form, so then you come back to your level quickly. I built up calmly and I'm reasonably good again. Of course I'd like to win the Tour of Belgium again, but I don't know if that will happen immediately."

The five day race starts on the west coast in Oostende, and finishes in Putte. The race consists mostly of flat stages, with the first two being run around the coastal region (Oostende and Knokke-Heist), then a split day on Friday with a 15.9 km time trial in Buggenhout in the morning, followed by a flat 111.7 km stage between Buggenhout and Londerzeel in the afternoon.

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