Boonen will be supported by 2014 Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra and 2015 runner-up Zdenek Stybar
Unless you’re an opposing team member, or the mum of an opposing team member, who would really want to deny Tom Boonen the ultimate romance of taking a record-breaking fifth Paris-Roubaix win in his final race as a professional?
The 36-year-old will roll out of the start at Compiègne at the start of Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, hoping to go one better than he did last year when he finished second to Mathew Hayman (Orica), and take that record fifth victory in his final ever race.
Boonen will be supported by a team so strong in depth with Classics riders, that the odds suggest at least one of them will make it into any crucial splits that occur in the race.
Moreover, Quick-Step have got another previous winner within their ranks. Niki Terpstra, who went solo to victory in 2014, will likely be the other option should Boonen fail.
Zdenek Stybar is another key option for the Belgian team, with the Czech showing his ability on the cobbles with a second place finish in 2015.
The experienced Iljo Keisse and Matteo Trentin will also be key support riders for Boonen, with Dwars door Vlaanderen winner Yves Lampaert also getting a ride.
Quick-Step Floors team for Paris-Roubaix 2017: Tom Boonen, Tim Declercq, Iljo Keisse, Yves Lampaert, Zdenek Stybar, Niki Terpstra, Matteo Trentin and Julien Vermote.