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Boonen out for early season start

In 2007, Quick.Step's Tom Boonen will once again start his racing programme as soon as possible to prepare for the Belgian spring classics. The former World Champion will debut in the Tour of Qatar on January 28 as he did this season, testing his new sprint locomotive Gert Steegmans who joined the team from Davitamon-Lotto. As of February 11, Boonen will be racing some of the Trofeo Mallorca on the Spanish island, followed by the Ruta del Sol from February 18-22 on the mainland.

From there, he will move swiftly to Portugal, where the Volta ao Algarve will be taking place from February 21-25. After that, it's back to Belgium for the Omloop Het Volk, the opening event of the Belgian racing season on March 3. Boonen also plans to participate in the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen and the ProTour event Amstel Gold race.

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