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Gallery: Boonen's Milan - San Remo Specialized Venge McLaren

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Tom Boonen poses with his Specialized Venge McLaren

Tom Boonen poses with his Specialized Venge McLaren (Image credit: Specialized)
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Tom Boonen with Jarno Trulli and Fabrizio Macchi

Tom Boonen with Jarno Trulli and Fabrizio Macchi (Image credit: Specialized)
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The McLaren showroom in Milan

The McLaren showroom in Milan (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen's rig is fitted with a Specialized S-Works Chicane

Boonen's rig is fitted with a Specialized S-Works Chicane (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen's rig is fitted with a Specialized S-Works Chicane

Boonen's rig is fitted with a Specialized S-Works Chicane (Image credit: Specialized)
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The Specialized Venge McLaren alongside it's Formula 1 counterpart

The Specialized Venge McLaren alongside it's Formula 1 counterpart (Image credit: Specialized)
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The Specialized Venge McLaren alongside it's Formula 1 counterpart

The Specialized Venge McLaren alongside it's Formula 1 counterpart (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen's rig is fitted with a Specialized S-Works Chicane

Boonen's rig is fitted with a Specialized S-Works Chicane (Image credit: Specialized)
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In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren

In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren (Image credit: Specialized)
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In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren

In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren (Image credit: Specialized)
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The carbon fork is bladed for maximum aerodynamics

The carbon fork is bladed for maximum aerodynamics (Image credit: Specialized)
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The McLaren showroom in Milan

The McLaren showroom in Milan (Image credit: Specialized)
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Media gather for a closer look at Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren

Media gather for a closer look at Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren (Image credit: Specialized)
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Tom Boonen with Formula 1 pilot and MotoGP rider Ben Spies

Tom Boonen with Formula 1 pilot and MotoGP rider Ben Spies (Image credit: Specialized)
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Tom Boonen with Formula 1 pilot and MotoGP rider Ben Spies

Tom Boonen with Formula 1 pilot and MotoGP rider Ben Spies (Image credit: Specialized)
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Media gather for a closer look at Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren

Media gather for a closer look at Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren (Image credit: Specialized)
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Media gather for a closer look at Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren

Media gather for a closer look at Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren (Image credit: Specialized)
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Fast car for a fast man

Fast car for a fast man (Image credit: Specialized)
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Fast car for a fast man

Fast car for a fast man (Image credit: Specialized)
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Fast car for a fast man

Fast car for a fast man (Image credit: Specialized)
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Fast car for a fast man

Fast car for a fast man (Image credit: Specialized)
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Tom Boonen checks out his rig for Milan - San Remo

Tom Boonen checks out his rig for Milan - San Remo (Image credit: Specialized)
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The ultimate bike in front of the ultimate sports car?

The ultimate bike in front of the ultimate sports car? (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen will run Zipp wheels

Boonen will run Zipp wheels (Image credit: Specialized)
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In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren

In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen is running SRAM Red

Boonen is running SRAM Red (Image credit: Specialized)
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In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren

In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren (Image credit: Specialized)
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In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren

In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren (Image credit: Specialized)
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The bike has Formula 1 DNA

The bike has Formula 1 DNA (Image credit: Specialized)
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It's a basic colour scheme, but it works

It's a basic colour scheme, but it works (Image credit: Specialized)
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It's a basic colour scheme, but it works

It's a basic colour scheme, but it works (Image credit: Specialized)
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In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren

In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren (Image credit: Specialized)
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In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren

In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren (Image credit: Specialized)
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It's a basic colour scheme, but it works

It's a basic colour scheme, but it works (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen is running SRAM Red

Boonen is running SRAM Red (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C

Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C

Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C

Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C

Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C

Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C

Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C (Image credit: Specialized)
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In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren

In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren (Image credit: Specialized)
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In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren

In detail: The Specialized Venge McLaren (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen's rig features matte black paint work

Boonen's rig features matte black paint work (Image credit: Specialized)
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A tribute to former teammate, Wouter Weylandt

A tribute to former teammate, Wouter Weylandt (Image credit: Specialized)
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In case you missed it, it's a Venge

In case you missed it, it's a Venge (Image credit: Specialized)
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Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C

Boonen's Specialized Venge McLaren alongside the McLaren MP4-12C (Image credit: Specialized)

Tom Boonen (Omega-Pharma – QuickStep) held a press conference in Milan ahead of his tilt at a first-ever Milan - San Remo title where the Belgian hopes his equipment will give him an edge over his rivals.

Boonen has returned to form in 2012, following a frustrating 2011 where he was dogged by injury and bad luck and has already collected five wins for the season. He is hoping that he can turn his previous two podium appearances (2007 – 3rd, 2010 – 2nd) into another classics victory. Speaking at the McLaren showroom in Milan, the 31-year-old said that his rig for this weekend, will go a long way to putting him in position for the expected bunch sprint to the finish.

"Specialized Venge McLaren is the fastest I've ridden, that's the main thing," Boonen said. "It saves you a lot of energy. It saves you about 25 watts which is pretty huge, especially on long stages like Milan-San Remo. Seven hours on the bike, if you save as much energy as possible it will give you extra speed on the finish. The characters of the bike is it's very strong on the bottom bracket. It's a perfect bike for me. I like it."

Boonen collected his 100th win on the second stage of Paris – Nice, showing that he was on schedule to perform well in the classics but he explained that it was not the racing itself which makes the difference heading into Saturday’s event.

"After Paris-Nice the recovery really helps you. It's not the racing, it's the recovery. I had a good week now and I hope to have a good result Saturday, and then it's off to Belgium for the cobbled Classics."

Boonen’s chances of victory in the 2011 Milan – San Remo was shattered by an attack by Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas – Cannondale) on the Poggio which created a select group which would eventually contest the sprint finish. He is hoping that this time around, a bigger group will make it to the line with experience making all the difference for his own chances.

"My ideal scenario is crossing the finish line first," Boonen said. "The way I'd like to do it is not really important. I've been there only a few times. Milan-San Remo is always a nervous race which ends up in a field sprint every time. But the ideal scenario is when you win. Everything can go right and everything can go wrong. It's a race where you really need to be anxious of the details all day long. The details make the difference in the end. I hope I have the experience now to do a good result. I hope now I will have the luck a little bit on my side, then I won't be very far from victory.

"The last two Milan-Sam Remos have been very hard races," Boonen continued. "They've been sprints but with a really elite group. Maybe this year the weather will be better, but I think maybe it can also be bad weather in San Remo. I saw a few forecasts say that maybe we'll have some rain at the end. At the end it's a hard race, even if you go to the line with 70 guys it will still be one of the strongest guys that will win."

Click here for a full gallery of Boonen's Milan - San Remo rig.