Boonen opens 2015 account at Tour of Belgium

Six days ago Tom Boonen was riding around Italy at the Giro d'Italia for the first time in his career until he decided to call it quits after stage 13 and head 1000km to the north to compete at the Tour of Belgium with his eye on overall success. Boonen, who had previously won 10 stages at the Belgian stage race and the overall in 2005, was one day shy of marking a calendar year with out victory until he crossed the line ahead of French national champion Arnaud Démare (FDJ) and Belgian champion Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) in Knokke-Heist. The site of his last win on stage 2 of the same race last year.

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