Tom Boonen still has the talent to win a major Classic, according to Belgian legend Johan Museeuw, but the conditions must be perfect for him to do so.
The Etixx-Quick-Step rider last won a Monument in 2012, when he eclipsed Museeuw’s records with his fourth Paris-Roubaix win, as well as a third Tour of Flanders.
But being outpaced by Ian Stannard at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday showed the Belgian may have lost his edge, but Museeuw insists he’s still a contender.
“Yes [he can win a Classic], but he is not as strong, especially the explosive Boonen we knew the last ten years,” he told the paper.
“The circumstances must be more lucky [now], but his condition is sufficient.”
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“It is for Patrick Lefevere and Wilfried Peeters to keep the peace,” he continued. “After Omloop Het Nieuwsblad the barometer rose instead of fell. If only for the macho behavior would have been better that [Stijn] Vandenbergh or [Niki] Terpstra won the opening race.
“There is a question of whether to share a role as a leader, in return doubling your chances in the race. Victory at Het Nieuwsblad is not the big honour Boonen is looking for. He smells indeed the records [in the Classics], and he wants to go for them.”
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