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Tom Boonen poses with the custom Specialized Venge he'll use at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Tom Boonen poses with the custom Specialized Venge he'll use at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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Quick-Step riders at Friday's press conference ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Quick-Step riders at Friday's press conference ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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Tom Boonen takes questions at the Quick-Step press conference ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Tom Boonen takes questions at the Quick-Step press conference ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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Aerodynamics and stiffness come together in Boonen's saddle

Aerodynamics and stiffness come together in Boonen's saddle
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Just in case you were wondering

Just in case you were wondering
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Boonen is hoping the gold-trimmed Venge will lead him to victory in 2017

Boonen is hoping the gold-trimmed Venge will lead him to victory in 2017
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White paint and gold trim for Boonen's custom Venge

White paint and gold trim for Boonen's custom Venge
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Ready for the cobbles

Ready for the cobbles
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The four-wing feather tip design represents the four Roubaix victories Boonen achieved.

The four-wing feather tip design represents the four Roubaix victories Boonen achieved.
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Tom Boonen's custom Specialized Venge

Tom Boonen's custom Specialized Venge
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Tom Boonen's custom Specialized Venge

Tom Boonen's custom Specialized Venge
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The front disc on Boonen's custom Specialized Venge

The front disc on Boonen's custom Specialized Venge
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Dura Ace group set for Boonen's bike.

Dura Ace group set for Boonen's bike.
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Shimano transfers Boonen's power to the rear wheel.

Shimano transfers Boonen's power to the rear wheel.
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Roval hubs for Boonen's Specialized Venge

Roval hubs for Boonen's Specialized Venge
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No detail is too fine for Boonen's custom Venge

No detail is too fine for Boonen's custom Venge
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Boonen will no doubt see a lot of this as he barrels into his final Classics season

Boonen will no doubt see a lot of this as he barrels into his final Classics season
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Sleek Shimano levers for Boonen's bike.

Sleek Shimano levers for Boonen's bike.
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"Heroes get remembered, but legends never die"

"Heroes get remembered, but legends never die"
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No detail is too fine for Boonen's custom Venge

No detail is too fine for Boonen's custom Venge
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To honour a 15-year career in professional road cycling for one of the most talented and winningest riders of all time, Specialized has created a specific design which will become “ the mark" of Tom Boonen after his farewell to professional racing.

To honour a 15-year career in professional road cycling for one of the most talented and winningest riders of all time, Specialized has created a specific design which will become “ the mark" of Tom Boonen after his farewell to professional racing.
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Roval wheels on Boonen's bike.

Roval wheels on Boonen's bike.
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Detail shot from the Roval wheels on Boonen's bike

Detail shot from the Roval wheels on Boonen's bike
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Detail shot from the Roval wheels on Boonen's bike

Detail shot from the Roval wheels on Boonen's bike
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Amid the ongoing polemics over use of disc brakes in the pro peloton, including teammate Marcel Kittel's decision to forgo his own disc machine after possibly injuring another rider in a crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour on Thursday, Tom Boonen stepped forward to unveil his new 'Limited Edition' Specialized Venge disc bike Friday at the Quick-Step Floors press conference ahead of Belgium's "opening weekend."

Boonen will use the bike in Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Sunday's Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in what will be his final Classics campaign before a planned retirement in April. Specialized designed the bike to commemorate Boonen's 15-year career, and a limited number of the bikes will be sold in bike shops that carry Specialized.

"Specialized approached me as they wanted to do a special edition bike for my last pro season," Boonen said. "I said yes and I’m really proud and happy of what they have done. I always said that I want to close the circle and end my career on a white bike as i started it on a white one, and Specialized gave me this great opportunity.

"I really love it with its paint job and golden touches. The guardian angel on the top tube will help protect me during this spring, and with the 'Heroes get remembered, but legends never die’ quote, I’m excited to kick off the classics season with this outstanding bike."

Eric Jepson, Component Graphic Design Manager at Specialized, said the bike's design is meant as a guardian angel for Boonen.

"The ‘angelic' inspired design originated as a concept to convey protection and guidance through the treacherous terrain of the Paris-Roubaix race, also referred to as 'The Hell of the North'," Jepson said. "The idea behind the design has since evolved to encompass the entire final season of Boonen’s legendary career, with the goal of carrying him safely to many victories."

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