Ian Stannard 'gutted' for Classics rival Boonen

Sky rider using Tirreno-Adriatico to build strength ahead of Spring Classics

Ian Stannard

(Image credit: Watson)

Ian Stannard's chances of a win in this year's Spring Classics may have improved since Tom Boonen's crash in Paris-Nice this week, but the Sky rider says he has nothing but sympathy for his rival.

Boonen would have been a leading contender for this year's Classics from Milan-San Remo, March 22, to Paris-Roubaix, April 19, had he not crashed last Monday, dislocating his shoulder and fracturing his elbow in the process.

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