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Boonen prepares for Paris-Tours

Tom Boonen

Tom Boonen (Image credit: Luc Claessen)

Tom Boonen hasn't finished his season yet, as he will line up on Sunday for the Paris-Tours classic. The Quick.Step man opted for a lower key build up to the race by doing Wednesday's pro kermis in Zele, Belgium. Although the race might not have carried UCI points, Boonen still made the most of it. He got two teammates to blow the field apart so that only 20 riders finished. Boonen was the strongest, escaping with Hamish Haynes (Jartazi) near the finish, before being caught by three others, then winning the sprint easily.

"After the disappointing world championship I was really down in the dumps," Boonen told Sportwereld after his 23rd win of the season. "Last week I didn't really see the point in racing. Hulsmans dragged me out of it. He drove me to go riding again. That's why I came to Zele. I don't regret it."

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