Boonen: Four leaders is too many for Belgium at World Championships

Tom Boonen, Greg Van Avermaet, Sep Vanmarcke and Philippe Gilbert are all fighting it out to lead Belgium at the UCI Road World Championships

Ben Hermans, Philippe Gilbert, and Greg van Avermaet in the mens road race at the 2014 World Road Championships (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

When is strength not a strength? Etixx-Quick Step rider Tom Boonen believes Belgium's strength in depth may be the country's weakness at the UCI World Championships as the team continues to decide who will go for the win.

Boonen, world champion ten years ago in 2005, is one of four riders with a strong claim to be the protected man in Richmond at the end of September alongside Sep Vanmarcke, Greg Van Avermaet and Philippe Gilbert.

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