Tom Boonen should have made a deal with Mathew Hayman to win Paris-Roubaix, says former winner

Former Paris-Roubaix champion Eddy Planckaert says Tom Boonen made a mistake by not offering Mathew Hayman a deal to win Paris-Roubaix

Mathew Hayman wins Paris-Roubaix 2016. Photo: Graham Watson

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Tom Boonen should have come to a deal with Mathew Hayman to allow him to win his fifth Paris-Roubaix in April, according to 1990 winner Eddy Planckaert.

Het Laatste Nieuws reports that Planckaert, who works as an analyst for Sporza, said that Boonen had made a "big mistake" by not offering Hayman something to effectively throw the race, as was allegedly common in the past.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.