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Boonen in the Belgian National Champion jersey during the 2009 Tour de France

Boonen in the Belgian National Champion jersey during the 2009 Tour de France
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Tom Boonen's first Paris-Roubaix victory, 2005

Tom Boonen's first Paris-Roubaix victory, 2005
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Boonen raises his arms as he realises he has become World Champion in 2005

Boonen raises his arms as he realises he has become World Champion in 2005
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Alberto Contador, Tom Boonen and two dolphins

Alberto Contador, Tom Boonen and two dolphins
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A determined Boonen drills the front of the race

A determined Boonen drills the front of the race
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Boonen attempts to chase Fabian Cancellara during the famous Muur attack in the 2010 Tour of Flanders

Boonen attempts to chase Fabian Cancellara during the famous Muur attack in the 2010 Tour of Flanders
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A visibly upset Boonen following Cancellara's victory at the Tour of Flanders

A visibly upset Boonen following Cancellara's victory at the Tour of Flanders
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Boonen involved in a huge crash during a sprint at the 2010 Tour de Suisse

Boonen involved in a huge crash during a sprint at the 2010 Tour de Suisse
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Tom Boonen meets Lance Armstrong for a chat in 2010

Tom Boonen meets Lance Armstrong for a chat in 2010
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Gent-Wevelgem victory 2011

Gent-Wevelgem victory 2011
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Alessandro Ballan and Tom Boonen during the 2012 E3 Harelbeke

Alessandro Ballan and Tom Boonen during the 2012 E3 Harelbeke
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The 2012 E3 Harelbeke podium

The 2012 E3 Harelbeke podium
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A young Peter Sagan and Tom Boonen go toe-to-toe during the 2012 Gent-Wevelgem

A young Peter Sagan and Tom Boonen go toe-to-toe during the 2012 Gent-Wevelgem
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Cancellara, Boonen and Flecha during the 2010 E3 Prijs Vlaanderen

Cancellara, Boonen and Flecha during the 2010 E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
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A second pace was Boonen's best Milan-San Remo result in thirteen attempts

A second pace was Boonen's best Milan-San Remo result in thirteen attempts
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Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara during the 2008 E3 Harelbeke

Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara during the 2008 E3 Harelbeke
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Boonen was victorious at Paris-Roubaix again in 2008

Boonen was victorious at Paris-Roubaix again in 2008
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Cancellara congratulates Boonen on the Roubaix podium

Cancellara congratulates Boonen on the Roubaix podium
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A premature celebration costs Boonen victory to a young Mark Cavendish at Scheldeprijs, 2008

A premature celebration costs Boonen victory to a young Mark Cavendish at Scheldeprijs, 2008
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Vuelta a Espana stage victory 2008

Vuelta a Espana stage victory 2008
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Fans offer Boonen a beer following the 2009 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Fans offer Boonen a beer following the 2009 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne
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A solo breakaway at Paris-Roubaix for Boonen

A solo breakaway at Paris-Roubaix for Boonen
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Patrick Lefevre congratulates Boonen in the Roubaix velodrome

Patrick Lefevre congratulates Boonen in the Roubaix velodrome
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Boonen's first Belgian National Title, 2009

Boonen's first Belgian National Title, 2009
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The 2012 Tour of Flanders podium

The 2012 Tour of Flanders podium
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Tom Boonen's silouhette following the 2012 Paris-Roubaix

Tom Boonen's silouhette following the 2012 Paris-Roubaix
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A young Peter Sagan edges out Tom Boonen in a 2012 Tour of California stage

A young Peter Sagan edges out Tom Boonen in a 2012 Tour of California stage
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Boonen during the 2016 E3 Harelbeke

Boonen during the 2016 E3 Harelbeke
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Boonen puts the hammer down during the 2016 Paris-Roubaix

Boonen puts the hammer down during the 2016 Paris-Roubaix
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Mat Hayman victorious at Paris-Roubaix, 2016

Mat Hayman victorious at Paris-Roubaix, 2016
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Tom Boonen leads the 2016 Tour de Wallonie

Tom Boonen leads the 2016 Tour de Wallonie
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Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan greet eachother at the GP Montreal

Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan greet eachother at the GP Montreal
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Boonen thinks what might've been following his 2016 World Championships podium

Boonen thinks what might've been following his 2016 World Championships podium
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Boonen congratulates the two-time World Champion

Boonen congratulates the two-time World Champion
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Sagan wins his second World Championships

Sagan wins his second World Championships
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Boonen celebrates victory in San Juan, 2017

Boonen celebrates victory in San Juan, 2017
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A mechanic pushes Boonen away during the 2016 Volta ao Algarve

A mechanic pushes Boonen away during the 2016 Volta ao Algarve
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Boonen down after a horrific crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour that nearly ended his career

Boonen down after a horrific crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour that nearly ended his career
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Boonen celebrates Rund um Koln victory, 2015

Boonen celebrates Rund um Koln victory, 2015
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Boonen gets instructions from the team car at the Eneco Tour

Boonen gets instructions from the team car at the Eneco Tour
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Omega-Pharma Quick-Step on their way to Team Time Trial victory at the 2012 World Championships

Omega-Pharma Quick-Step on their way to Team Time Trial victory at the 2012 World Championships
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Tony Martin and Tom Boonen during the 2012 Team Time Trial World Championships

Tony Martin and Tom Boonen during the 2012 Team Time Trial World Championships
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Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen become team mates in 2013

Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen become team mates in 2013
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Boonen and Cavendish take the antics to the limit during the 2013 team presentation

Boonen and Cavendish take the antics to the limit during the 2013 team presentation
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Boonen crashes out of the 2013 Tour of Flanders

Boonen crashes out of the 2013 Tour of Flanders
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Geraint Thomas and Tom Boonen during the 2014 Paris-Roubaix

Geraint Thomas and Tom Boonen during the 2014 Paris-Roubaix
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Cancellara cools down Boonen at the Vuelta a Espana

Cancellara cools down Boonen at the Vuelta a Espana
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The famous 2015 Omloop Het Niuewsblad

The famous 2015 Omloop Het Niuewsblad
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Tom Boonen becomes the first ever rider to win on disc brakes

Tom Boonen becomes the first ever rider to win on disc brakes
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Boonen celebrates finishing his first Milan-San Remo in 2003

Boonen celebrates finishing his first Milan-San Remo in 2003
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Tom Boonen takes refuelling seriously

Tom Boonen takes refuelling seriously
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On the Tour de France podium after his stage victory in 2004

On the Tour de France podium after his stage victory in 2004
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Boonen in the 2002 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne for U.S. Postal Services

Boonen in the 2002 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne for U.S. Postal Services
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The 2002 Paris-Roubaix podium. Boonen's first and certainly not last

The 2002 Paris-Roubaix podium. Boonen's first and certainly not last
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Tom Boonen and George Hincapie for U.S. Postal on the pave during a wet Paris-Roubaix, 2002

Tom Boonen and George Hincapie for U.S. Postal on the pave during a wet Paris-Roubaix, 2002
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Tom Boonen poses with a U.S. Postal Services Trek

Tom Boonen poses with a U.S. Postal Services Trek
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Down time at the 2004 Tour of Qatar

Down time at the 2004 Tour of Qatar
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Showing off the 2005 Paris-Nice leader's jersey

Showing off the 2005 Paris-Nice leader's jersey
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Boonen celebrates on the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen podiumBoonen's first top-ten of Milan-San Remo. 2005

Boonen celebrates on the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen podiumBoonen's first top-ten of Milan-San Remo. 2005
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Boonen poses for the camera in 2004

Boonen poses for the camera in 2004
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Lance Armstrong, Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara ahead of stage 1 at the 2004 Tour de France

Lance Armstrong, Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara ahead of stage 1 at the 2004 Tour de France
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Boonen's first Tour de France stage victory. Stage 20, Paris

Boonen's first Tour de France stage victory. Stage 20, Paris
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World Champion Mario Cipollini dwarfs Tom Boonen in the 2003 Tour of Flanders

World Champion Mario Cipollini dwarfs Tom Boonen in the 2003 Tour of Flanders
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A young Boonen in 1997

A young Boonen in 1997
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(L-R) Paolo Bettini, Servais Knaven, Jose Mercado, Richard Virenque, Johan Museeuw and Tom Boonen, 2003

(L-R) Paolo Bettini, Servais Knaven, Jose Mercado, Richard Virenque, Johan Museeuw and Tom Boonen, 2003
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Boonen just misses out on a podium finish during stage 2 of the 2003 Criterium du Dauphine

Boonen just misses out on a podium finish during stage 2 of the 2003 Criterium du Dauphine
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Boonen shows off his bike at the 2003 Vuelta a Espana

Boonen shows off his bike at the 2003 Vuelta a Espana
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Boonen wears the leaders jersey at the Ruta del Sol after winning the opening stage in 2004

Boonen wears the leaders jersey at the Ruta del Sol after winning the opening stage in 2004
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Messing around in 2004

Messing around in 2004
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A victorious Tom Boonen in the 2004 E3 Harelbeke (then E3 Prijs Vlaanderen)

A victorious Tom Boonen in the 2004 E3 Harelbeke (then E3 Prijs Vlaanderen)
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The Gent-Wevelgem 2004 podium

The Gent-Wevelgem 2004 podium
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Tom Boonen's first Tour of Flanders victory, 2005

Tom Boonen's first Tour of Flanders victory, 2005
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Boonen celebrates crossing the line in the Roubaix velodrome ahead of George Hincapie

Boonen celebrates crossing the line in the Roubaix velodrome ahead of George Hincapie
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A third consecutive E3 Prijs Vlaanderen in 2006 for Boonen

A third consecutive E3 Prijs Vlaanderen in 2006 for Boonen
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The 2006 Tour of Flanders podium

The 2006 Tour of Flanders podium
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Tom Boonen wears the maillot jaune during the 2006 Tour de France

Tom Boonen wears the maillot jaune during the 2006 Tour de France
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Bernard Hinault congratulates the race leader at the 2006 Tour de France

Bernard Hinault congratulates the race leader at the 2006 Tour de France
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Eneco Tour stage 6 victory for Boonen, 2006

Eneco Tour stage 6 victory for Boonen, 2006
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Tom Boonen inspects a Lamborghini Murcielago

Tom Boonen inspects a Lamborghini Murcielago
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Tour of Qatar victory, 2007

Tour of Qatar victory, 2007
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Boonen attacks the Muur during the 2007 Het Volk

Boonen attacks the Muur during the 2007 Het Volk
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The sprint during the 2007 Dwars door Vlaanderen

The sprint during the 2007 Dwars door Vlaanderen
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Tom Boonen recces the Poggio in the World Champion's jersey, 2006

Tom Boonen recces the Poggio in the World Champion's jersey, 2006
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The Paris-Nice leader wins stage 2 in 2006

The Paris-Nice leader wins stage 2 in 2006
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2006: Tom Boonen meets Eddy Merckx in Belgium

2006: Tom Boonen meets Eddy Merckx in Belgium
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Boonen wears the green jersey during the 2005 Tour de France

Boonen wears the green jersey during the 2005 Tour de France
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Team time trial, stage 4 of the 2005 Tour de France

Team time trial, stage 4 of the 2005 Tour de France
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Tom Boonen and Lance Armstrong in Nancy, France 2005

Tom Boonen and Lance Armstrong in Nancy, France 2005
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The 2005 Men's World Championship road race podium

The 2005 Men's World Championship road race podium
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Tom Boonen and Patrick Lefevre celebrate a successful season at the end of 2005

Tom Boonen and Patrick Lefevre celebrate a successful season at the end of 2005
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SCUBA diving in the rainbow jersey. Why not?

SCUBA diving in the rainbow jersey. Why not?
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A dolphin and Tom Boonen, Curacao 2005

A dolphin and Tom Boonen, Curacao 2005
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(L-R) Paolo Bettini, Nick Nuyens, Pippo Pozzato and Juan Garate hold up Tom Boonen

(L-R) Paolo Bettini, Nick Nuyens, Pippo Pozzato and Juan Garate hold up Tom Boonen
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The 2007 Tour de France jersey winners

The 2007 Tour de France jersey winners
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Tom Boonen burst onto the world cycling stage in 2002 with US Postal Service. At just twenty-one years of age, Boonen rode to an emphatic third place behind Johan Museeuw and Steffen Wesemann in his first, and the one hundredth edition of Paris-Roubaix.

Boonen went on to finish on the podium inside the Roubaix velodrome a total six times, four of which were on the top step – a record only matched by Roger De Vlaeminck. Following a single season with the infamous American team, Boonen joined an earlier incarnation of the Quick-Step Floors team and has remained with Patrick Lefevere and the Belgian team for fifteen seasons.

Complementing the four victories at ‘The Hell of the North', Boonen has also achieved three Tour of Flanders victories, three Gent-Wevelgem victories, five E3 Harelbeke/Prijs Vlaanderen victories, two Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne victories, six Tour de France stages, two Vuelta a Espana stages, a Tour de France Green Jersey, two national titles and a World title to name just some of the highlights of his 16-year career.

As Boonen's career comes to an end, fittingly where it truly begun on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, Cyclingnews takes a look back at some of the highlights, the lows and the greatest victories of Belgium's poster boy.

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