The Belgian Quick Step team today announced that Tom Boonen will make his comeback to racing at the Tour of Belgium later this week. The former world champion will lead a team of eight as he starts his build up to the Tour de France.
Boonen missed last weeks Tour of Catalonia due to a fractured toe sustained on a training ride, but is already returning to action. ?Thankfully my broken toe isn?t causing me too many problems and I even managed to do some training a few days after the injury,? Boonen said in a press release put out by his team.
?My shin and knee areas are still quite painful meaning I can?t really do any intense training. I?m behind with my training but I think it is time to start racing again getting myself back into the rhythm of things in preparation for the Tour de France.?
Boonen shone in the Belgium semi-classics this spring, but struggled in the bigger races. Amazingly, Quick Step still haven?t won a ProTour race this year. The five-day Tour of Belgium, that runs from May 30 to June 3, is part of the lower ranking UCI European Calendar
?Gaining a win won?t be my main objective as I?ll only be able to tell at what point my condition is during the race,? Boonen continued. ?We have a very strong team; if the occasion arises I?ll be more than happy to put myself at my team-mate?s disposal as they have so many times helped me gain my victories?.