Cipollini: 'If the wind blows, Tom Boonen has the advantage at the World Championships'

Mario Cipollini is backing Tom Boonen to win Sunday's World Championship road race, noting that he was also 36 when he won back in 2002

Mario Cipollini with Tom Boonen at the 2009 Milan-San Remo (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Mario Cipollini knows a thing or two about winning the World Championships road race and is backing Tom Boonen to fare well should crosswinds affect Sunday's event in Doha.

Riders will face a 250km route on Sunday, with 150 of those kilometres through the Qatari desert, where crosswinds could come into play to split the peloton, although Cipollini is not a fan of the UCI's plan to reduce the race to 100km should the temperatures get too high.

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