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EuroTrash Thursday!

A fun packed EuroTrash Thursday (as usual) lines up on the start grid with all the recent races in Spain, Belgium and France, add to that a World record in Australia, Fabian Cancellara up-date, Rapha news, BMC go to Roubaix, Boonen meets his young fan and it’s daddy Cavendish. There’s more video’s than you can shake a stick at, so settle back with a big coffee and rest up for another big weekend of cycle sport.

“Top Story”

The GB New World Record
A World championship and a new World record for the Great Britain team in the team pursuit in Melbourne, Australia puts them in the driving seat for the home Olympics in London later this year. The team of Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Andrew Tennant and Geraint Thomas took the fastest qualifying ride in a time of 3:54:485 and then for the final Steven Burke replaced Andrew Tennant to beat Australia for the Gold medals, yes five of them! The GB team recorded a new World record of 3:53:295 to Australia’s 3:53:401, that is very close, the London Olympics should have us on the edge of our (and the riders) seats in August.

And here they are:

Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco 2012
Josй Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) came back from his crash in Gent-Wevelgem to win Stage 1 in a bunch sprint after 153 kilometres to Gьenes. He squeezed through on the inside of Wout Poels of Vacansoleil-DMC and Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Barracuda).

After the stage J.J. said: “I wasn’t expecting to race here because I had suffered a serious crash last week at Gent-Wevelgem. I still have much pain in my back and was really doubtful about taking the start or not. Eventually we decided to come here, especially as a preparation before next week to help Alejandro in the Ardennes, and… see what. When you don’t expect it, you win. When we entered the final straight, I saw a small gap on the right side I could barely pass through. I thought: it’s going past it or crashing. I didn’t care about crashing, because we take so much risks on the road that danger comes from everywhere, but everything turned out well. This victory is the fruit of all work I did during the winter; I’m a rider who needs victories, and when you’re always coming close and victories don’t arrive, doubts grow up even more. After the bad streak in the start of the season, with so many problems, such a victory does really well for my moral. I wasn’t wearing a yellow jersey since the 2007 Vuelta a Murcia; grabbing it in the Basque Country, with some of the best fans in the world, is a real pride. I dedicate this victory to myself, for this bad streak, but also to Eusebio, who always relied on me and gave me much support through this week I was doing so hard, and also to all the team, which always helped me”.

Earlier in the stage Davide Mucelli (Utensilnord Named) and David De La Fuente (Caja Rural) made a long break but were caught on the last climb, Alto de San Comse. On the run-in to the finish there were quite a few attempts, but all were brought back for the bunch to fight it out.

Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Stage 1 Result:
1. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar in 3:57:44
2. Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
3. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Barracuda
4. Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
5. Arthur Vichot (Fra) FdJ-BigMat
6. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Barracuda
7. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol
8. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
9. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana
10. Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Utensilnord Named.

Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Overall After Stage 1:
1. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar in 3:57:44
2. Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
3. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Barracuda
4. Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
5. Arthur Vichot (Fra) FdJ-BigMat
6. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Barracuda
7. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol
8. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
9. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana
10. Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Utensilnord Named.

Stage 1:

Daryl Impey (GreenEdge) won Stage 2 in a last kilometre jump that no one could catch before the line in Vitoria-Gasteiz. His team mate Allan Davis was the closest to catching him taking second in front of David Appollonio of Sky and Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha). J.J. Rojas of Movistar held on to the overall.

Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Stage 2 Result:
1. Daryl Impey (RSA) GreenEdge in 4:10:07
2. Allan Davis (Aus) GreenEdge
3. Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky
4. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
5. Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank
6. Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
7. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana
8. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Barracuda
9. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol
10. Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-ISD.

Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Overall After Stage 2:
1. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar in 8:07:51
2. Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
3. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Barracuda
4. Daryl Impey (RSA) GreenEdge
5. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana
6. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol
7. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Barracuda
8. Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank
9. Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky
10. Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC.

Stage 2:

Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) showed for the third time how to win to the summit finish of the Alto de Usartza on Stage 3. Sanchez had been with Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan) after they dropped the bunch 5 kilometres to the line. Behind them Bauke Mollema (Rabobank), Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) and Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) were the best of the chasers, but couldn’t close the 12 second gap. Sanchez is now the overall leader, but Rodriguez and Horner are equal on time with three stages to go, finishing with an individual time trial of 19 kilometres on Saturday around Oсati.

Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Stage 3 Result:
1. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi in 3:58:15
2. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
3. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
4. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank at 0:12
5. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-ISD
6. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
7. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD
8. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky
9. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana
10. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky.

Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Overall After Stage 3:
1. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi in 12:06:06
2. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
3. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
4. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Barracuda at 0:12
5. Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
6. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-ISD
7. Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar
8. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol
9. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana
10. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step.

Here is the link to stage 3 on rtve.es

Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire 2012
Katusha sprinter Denis Galimzyanov took Stage 1 of the French four day stage race by easily outsprinting the peloton in Riaillй. He was fast enough to be a good bike length ahead of Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Bardiani) and Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank).

Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire Stage 1:
1. Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha in 4:49:24
2. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Bardiani
3. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank
4. Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Europcar
5. Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar
6. Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda
7. Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1-Sanofi
8. Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U
9. Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s
10. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FdJ-BigMat.

Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire Overall After Stage 1:
1. Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha in 4:49:14
2. Benoоt Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U at 0:02
3. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox at 0:04
4. Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha
5. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank at 0:06
6. Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FdJ-BigMat
7. Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Europcar at 0:10
8. Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar
9. Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda
10. Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1-Sanofi.

Stage 1:

Michel Kreder (Garmin-Barracuda) took the win in the short Stage 2a to Angers ahead of Sacha Modolo and Sonny Colbrelli of Colnago-CSF Inox and his own team mate Raymond Kreder and fifty other riders. In the wet conditions there were a few crashes on the run-in there were a few gaps amongst the peloton. Second placed Sacha Modolo took the overall going into the afternoon time trial.

Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire Stage 2a Result:
1. Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda in 2:03:44
2. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox
3. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox
4. Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda
5. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FdJ-BigMat
6. Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type1-Sanofi
7. Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93
8. Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller
9. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis
10. Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis.

Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire Overall After Stage 2a:
1. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox in 6:53:02
2. Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha
3. Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda at 0:06
4. Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda
5. Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type1-Sanofi
6. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
7. Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar
8. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox
9. Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur-Sojasun
10. Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93

Australian fast-man; Luke Durbridge gave GreenEdge yet another win, recording the best time in the Stage 2b 6.8 kilometre time trial in Angers. With his time of 8:15 he beat Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank), Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack-Nissan) and Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) by 8 seconds to take the overall, Sacha Modolo dropped to fourth at 12 seconds with two stages to go.

Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire Stage 2b Result:
1. Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEdge in 8:15
2. Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank at 0:08
3. Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-Nissan
4. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar
5. Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 0:10
6. Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:13
7. Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:14
8. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano
9. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FdJ-BigMat
10. Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar at 0:15.

Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire Overall After Stage 2b:
1. Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEdge in 7:01:23
2. Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank at 0:08
3. Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-Nissan
4. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox at 0:12
5. Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:13
6. Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:14
7. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano
8. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FdJ-BigMat
9. Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar at 0:15
10. Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha.

Highlights of stages 2a and 2b:

Scheldeprijs 2012
Marcel Kittel gave “new” team Argos-Shimano a good start with a win in the Scheldeprijs on Wednesday. The fast German beat Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) and Theo Bos (Rabobank) after a hard fought and dangerous race with many crashes, the most obvious happening right after the finish line between a rider and a photographer. The early break went up the road in the first 20 kilometres and included: David Boucher (FdJ-BigMat), Kevin Hulsmans (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) was accompanied by Kevin Claeys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony), Kevin Van Melsen (Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas) and Simon Lambert-Lemay (Spidertech/C10). They were eventually joined by Sven Vandousselaere (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator) and Kin San Wu (Champion Pro System) after a hard and long chase. At one point the lead was touching 10 minutes with the help of a rail crossing, but when the race reached the smaller circuits the break knew it was only a matter of time. Kevin Hulsmans attacked the lead group 20 K’s out and managed to keep the pack at bay for 10 kilometres. In the final kilometres there were many crashes in the very wet conditions, Garmin-Barracuda were doing the lead-out work for Tyler Farrar, but Kittel was too fast.

Tour of Flanders winner, Tom Boonen said after the race: “I took it easy in the first part of the race,” Boonen said. “Then I worked for the team but when it began to rain, I went in the back of the peloton to avoid problems. I didn’t take risks even in the final because with the rain it was dangerous. The road was really slippery. I’m happy about my day.”

Scheldeprijs Result:
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos-Shimano in 4:30:53
2. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
3. Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank
4. Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM
5. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale
6. Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini-Selle Italia
7. Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha
8. Sйbastien Turgot (Fra) Europcar
9. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan
10. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech p/b C10.

Last kilometre action:

BMC Racing Team Announces Paris-Roubaix Roster
The BMC Racing Team’s roster for the 110th edition of Paris-Roubaix includes past podium finishers Alessandro Ballan (third in 2006 and 2008), George Hincapie (second in 2005) and Thor Hushovd (second in 2010 and third in 2009), as well as Taylor Phinney, a two-time winner of the Under 23 edition of Paris-Roubaix (2009, 2010).

Download the official BMC Racing Team race card (PDF with roster, bios, stats, etc): https://www.bmcracingteam.com/fileadmin/files/2012/racesheets/RaceSheet-11-ParisRoubaix.pdf

BMC Racing Team Paris-Roubaix Roster:
Alessandro Ballan (ITA),
Marcus Burghardt (GER),
George Hincapie (USA),
Thor Hushovd (NOR),
Taylor Phinney (USA),
Manuel Quinziato (ITA),
Michael Schдr (SUI),
Danilo Wyss (SUI).

This is Thor doing a Roubaix recon ride:

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team to Grand Prix Pino Cerami
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team has decided the rider selection for Grand Prix Pino Cerami today (Thursday).

Marco Bandiera (ITA),
Matthew Brammeier (IRL),
Francesco Chicchi (ITA),
Gerald Ciolek (GER),
Andrew Fenn (GBR),
Iljo Keisse (BEL),
Michal Kwiatkowski (POL),
Niki Terpstra (NED).
Sports Director: Tom Steels (BEL).

A bit of amateur film from the Pino Cerami:

Update on Fabian Cancellara
Press Release: Fabian Cancellara successfully underwent surgical treatment. The Swiss rider crashed out of the Tour of Flanders and broke his right collarbone. The operation revealed a four-part fracture of the collarbone, not a triple fracture, as communicated earlier. The bone was put together using a special technique with a clavicle pin, allowing for a better and faster recovery. The removal of the pin, once the bone has healed, requires a small routine operation.

Fabian Cancellara spoke with the press today (Tuesday) in the Crossklinik in Basel, Switzerland, where he underwent surgical treatment following his crash in the Tour of Flanders last Sunday.

At the start of the press conference, team doctor Andreas Gцsele explained to the press how the four-part fracture of Cancellara’s right collarbone was treated and what the next steps are. Gцsele: “My colleague, doctor Farkas, used a clavicle pin (picture below) to put the bone together. It’s a procedure where we insert a pin in the clavicle itself, instead of using a plate and a lot of screws to keep the bone together. This procedure is a lot more natural and doesn’t affect the strength of the bone once the device is removed. The pin will be removed once the fracture is completely healed, at the very earliest in six weeks time. But this is really a small routine operation.”

Medically speaking Cancellara would be fit to train on a ergometer, but the Swiss champion still has a lot of muscle pain from the crash. “I’m happy that the surgery went so well, but I’m still in pain. I’m going to rest a couple of days, maybe even a week, and then resume training. I had two major goals this season: the classics and the Olympics. The spring campaign is unfortunately over for me now. Because I had planned a break after the classics anyway, my build-up towards London will not change. The plan is that I return to competition in May, possibly the Bayern Rundfahrt, as I did last year.”

Two days after the crash, Cancellara looks back at the incident with regret, but also sees the broader perspective. “A crash is part of cycling, and in a way it’s also part of life. I have been working really hard in the last four months to be in the best shape possible for the big races; and I’m confident that I would have performed well. However, I’m glad I only broke my collarbone and that I’m ok for the rest. I’ll be back!”

Cancellara expressed his gratitude for the support of the team and the fans before and during the classics. “The amount of messages wishing me a speedy recovery is really nice. I also had a lot of contact with the team members that are still in Belgium. I told them that they should keep their heads up and be ready for a good battle on the cobblestones on Sunday.”

He also thanked the medical staff at the Crossklinik in Basel and praised his wife Stefanie, who is pregnant with their second child. “A bike rider needs the unconditional support of his family to perform well. Stefanie knows this and she fully supports my career. Now that we are expecting a second baby, I’m even more motivated to train hard and aim high for the Olympics.”

Driven by Glory – Fabian Cancellara:

Saxo Bank Still World Tour
The Licence Commission of the UCI have decided that the Saxo Bank team will stay a WorldTour team this year after their loss of the points won by Alberto Contador during his non-ban waiting for the final decision on his doping case. The licence was given to the team in November last year, but the commission feels that under the circumstances of the case they could not remove it at this moment, but the team will be “required to satisfy all the criteria of the regulations should it wish to compete again as a UCI ProTeam in 2013” said the UCI. Unsurprisingly the Saxo Bank team is at the bottom of the WorldTour ranking with a meagre 2 points.

Rapha Condor Sharp News
Press Release: After a successful weekend on British roads, Rapha Condor Sharp had a huge boost at the announcement of three of the team’s riders gaining selection to represent their countries at upcoming U-23 Nations cup races.

The riders; Irishman Felix English, South African Chris Jennings, and in form Australian Ben Grenda, have been selected for their respective nations to take part in what will be a busy week for U-23 riders.

20-year old Christopher Jennings will line up for South Africa in all three events.

“We kick off with Flanders on Sunday [April 9th] which is one I am really looking forward to [Jennings has already placed 5th in the Junior version]. Then in the week on the Wednesday it is La Cote Picardie in France, followed by ZLM Tour in Holland the following Saturday. It will be a busy week, but a good one for sure.”

While Jennings takes part in all three races, Grenda will be at the start line of Picardie and ZLM, while English will only take part in the ZLM Tour.

Grenda’s good form that he showed with a fine second place against top UK competition at the Maldon Dengie Tour should stand him in good stead for the two events that on paper suit the Tasmanian’s tough style of racing.

For Rapha Condor Sharp having three riders taking part in such important events at U23 level only months into their first season as a development team is a great achievement.
Team manager John Herety commented “This is really big for us. It is easy for a Continental team that takes part in UCI events to forget about young riders. As a team we don’t do any specific U23 racing, instead we put the guys in events where they are competing against much older, much more physically mature riders. This isn’t a bad thing as it pushes the guys to develop. What is important though, is that they can go back and test themselves against their contemporaries at international level, and see exactly where they are.”

“Being selected for your country at any level is also a valid achievement. It proves to me that we have the right group here, and I am looking forward to seeing how the guys get on.”

Here is a great bit of film from Rapha in Tasmania. Matt Conn; you can take the man out of Tasmania etc….

Cavendish Junior!
World champion Mark Cavendish and Peta Todd have now got a little “Cav”! Delilah Grace is her name and she was as fast as her father by arriving a day early, she was due on the 5th of April, but won the sprint into daylight.

Mark Cavendish – Human Missile:

Wouter Weylandt Honoured
Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt has been honoured by the Town of Middelburg, the sight of his stage win in the 2010 Giro d’Italia which was a year before his tragic death during stage 3 of the Giro to Rapallo Passo del Bocco Mezzanego. His girlfriend and mother to his daughter; An-Sophie De Graeve helped Middelburg mayor Koos Schouwenaar lay the commemoration stone on the finish line of the Giro stage.

Tom Boonen Meets the Press
Special Moment for ‘Picture of the Ronde’ Fan

Press Release: Tom Boonen’s press conference about his Ronde van Vlaanderen victory on Sunday, as well as his thoughts about Paris-Roubaix next weekend, began with a special moment.

The team invited 11-year-old fan Tjorven to the press conference. Tjorven was the young fan, caught by TV cameras in an Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team kit, on his knees in pure elation following the victory of Boonen at Ronde van Vlaanderen. The TV image was then discovered on Twitter, and the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team Twitter account @opqscyclingteam promoted the image with the words “Wow. We are speechless.” Just days later, on Tuesday, Boonen greeted the young fan at the speakers table before the conference began.

“It was an emotional moment when I saw this guy celebrating my victory,” Boonen said of the image he was shown of Tjorven on Sunday after his win. “We had a quick chat together and the boy was really happy about it, as was I.”

Boonen provided Tjorven with a team feed bag filled with gifts. Two of those gifts were a T-shirt and wristband with the words “I ‘Like’ #OPQS,” and the team logo on the sleeve. The boy, who was excited to meet Boonen, gave Tom one of his own team cycling jerseys, a small rider action figure with a painted team jersey on it, and a small medallion with Saint Christoper, the patron saint of travelers.

“I put it in my pocket and told him I will keep it with me for the future,” Boonen said.

Following the meeting with the rider and his young fan, Boonen addressed the press about what he has done since his victory at Ronde van Vlaanderen.

“On Sunday evening it was a normal evening at home,” Boonen said. “I arrived at home, drank a good glass of wine with my family and that was all. I went to bed immediately. I was really tired. On Monday, I didn’t really have a lot of time to enjoy my victory. It’s unbelievable. In cycling you have to turn the page immediately, and next weekend is Paris-Roubaix. I basically tried to recover as well as possible at that point. I slept a lot. I did two hours on the bike yesterday, and two hours today. But for the rest of the time, I will still try to enjoy life at home.”

Boonen said, despite the brief time period between Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix, he still has enough time to acknowledge the importance of his victory.

“We are here already talking about Paris-Roubaix, but I have to say for me it was really important to win Ronde van Vlaanderen, as it was the first time on the new parcours,” Boone said. “For me, it’s really a privilege. I am really happy to have won and to have shown I am able to win a different race.”

As for his feeling about winning Ronde van Vlaanderen for a third time, Boonen admitted the feeling did not compare to the first victory.

“I am super happy for me and the team,” Boonen said. “But when I compare this happiness with the happiness for the victory I had the first time, it isn’t the same. That was really a great moment and that feeling is something that has never come back.”

Boonen then moved on to discussion about Paris-Roubaix — and 205.1km Scheldeprijs, which takes place on Wednesday, April 4.

“The race of tomorrow is an important race, and I am happy to be at the start,” Boonen said. “Tomorrow I will try to work for other guys on the team. Francesco Chicchi, for example, can have his chance tomorrow in the race. For the rest of the week, starting tomorrow evening, I will start thinking about Paris-Roubaix. This year seems to be the year of the record, but Paris-Roubaix is really a difficult race, so anything can happen. We will see. There are a lot of competitors, Pozzato and Ballan. They showed they are in good condition.”

Boonen will be ready to race on Sunday, despite how chaotic this week can often be for riders.

“I am still really motivated,” Boonen said. “Mentally I have no problem. I want to ride a good race on Sunday. I work a lot to be competitive at this period of the season so I really want to try to do my best even on Sunday and fight for the victory. I don’t know if I will make the recon or not on Friday. The parcours is still the same and I have pretty good experience with it. It will depend a little on my recovery and maybe I will take a little more rest to spend a little bit more time at home in the next days.”

And here is the young lad and Tom’s reaction:

Team Type 1-Sanofi on the Cobbles
Great bit of video from our friends at Team Type 1-Sanofi, here they are at the 3 Daagse DePanne-Koksijde, apart from the sunny weather, the video sums up Belgium and more particularly Flanders with its cobbles and its many unique facets! If you’ve never been then you’ve never lived.

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