Boonen: The time to say goodbye is not at the Classics

For more than a decade, the road to Tour of Flanders victory has gone through Tom Boonen, but he lines out for this year’s race in an unfamiliar role: an outsider in his own land. His Etixx-QuickStep team, too, have fallen short in the Classics so far this season, and they arrive at the Ronde under pressure to change the complexion of their campaign with a win.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.