Tom Boonen: In two seconds I realised my Classics season was over

Etixx - Quick-Step confirm that Boonen suffered a further compound fracture to his left radius as well as an AC-joint dislocation

Tom Boonen (Credit: Geoff Waugh)

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Tom Boonen says that he knew his Classics season was over as soon as he crashed on Monday's stage at Paris-Nice, as his team Etixx - Quick-Step confirm that he suffered a compound fracture to the head of his left radius on top of the initial grade three acromioclavicular (AC) joint dislocation.

The four-time Paris-Roubaix winner fell heavily after touching wheels with a teammate in a slow-paced stage one in the Race to the Sun. Boonen immediately sat-up clutching his left shoulder, and it was confirmed later on Monday, after he had abandoned the race, that he would need to have surgery to repair the dislocation, however the fracture would only require a cast.

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