Boonen could skip Beijing Olympics

Tom Boonen (Quick.Step)

Tom Boonen (Quick.Step) (Image credit: Luc Claessen)

Quickstep's Tom Boonen has said he's 'inclined to say that I won't go' to next year's Olympic Games in Beijing, China due to the event's timing. The former world champion is concerned the Games' timing will mean sacrificing either his Olympic or ProTour potential.

"I would really like to go to the games," Boonen explained to "But I am afraid that Peking is not going to be possible."

The Belgian Olympic committee has sent its star rider a letter confirming its pre-selection for the event, but Boonen has reservations over his inclusion.

"Firstly, just like Sven Nys, I lose a deal of my ability when it is so hot and humid, and secondly the course is extremely difficult," added Boonen.

The Olympic road race will take place on August 10, 2008 just 10 days after the Tour de France's finish. "It means that we will have to leave for China right after the Tour," he said, before indicating his decision wasn't yet final. "I would like to experience the unique atmosphere of the Olympics. But still I am inclined to say that I won't go. But I sometimes change my mind."

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