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Boonen ends season on home soil

Tom Boonen of Quick Step will bring his 2008 campaign to an end today at the Nationale Sluitingprijs - Putte - Kapellen. The traditional Belgian road season closing race runs over 177 kilometres. Boonen will hope for one final win this season in the 1.1 Sluitingprijs.

A sprint win, however, is not a given on this course, even though it is fairly flat. Last year, Floris Goesinnen (Skil-Shimano) won with a gap of 14 seconds before the peloton. Other winners include Nick Nuyens (2003), Gert Steegmans (2005), Geert Omloop (2002) and Steven De Jongh (2000), indicating that it is not necessarily a race for the pure sprinters like Boonen.

The race will start at 12:45. The racers will face a 14.77-kilometre course that they will have to do 12 times.