Peter Sagan: 'I will be very happy if Tom Boonen wins Paris-Roubaix again'

World champion says he'd like to see Boonen go out on a high

Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan at Paris-Roubaix
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

While Peter Sagan (opens in new tab) has his eyes on upcoming goals at Milan-San Remo and Tour of Flanders, he says that he would be pleased if Tom Boonen was able to end his career on a high at Paris-Roubaix.

Speaking to Sporza (opens in new tab), Sagan said that Boonen was one of the favourites to win Paris-Roubaix, and that it would be great if the Belgian could end his career on a high in his final race.

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"For sure Tom Boonen is a favourite to win Paris-Roubaix," Sagan said at Tirreno-Adriatico where he has won two stages.

"I will be very happy if he could win Paris-Roubaix again. He's a big name, a big rider, and it would be a great win for him."

Four-time Paris-Roubaix winner Boonen plans to retire after this year's edition of the race, drawing a close to a 16-year professional career that has also included six stage wins and a green jersey at the Tour de France, three Tour of Flanders victories, and a World Championship win in 2005.

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One race that neither Boonen nor Sagan have won is Milan-San Remo, which Sagan describes as a "very strange race".

Both riders will take to the start line in Milan on Saturday, with Sagan being the sole leader of his Bora-Hansgrohe team, while Tom Boonen could find some internal rivalry with fellow Quick-Step Floors rider Fernando Gaviria, who out-sprinted Sagan in the penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.