Tom Boonen 'one guy short' of World Champs win

Belgian classics star Tom Boonen says he could have done with one more team-mate to lead him out to victory in the men's road race at the 2016 World Championships

Tom Boonen (right) look at Peter Sagan on the podium of the 2016 Road World Championships

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Belgian Tom Boonen admits that he was just one man short of winning a second world title in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday and closing out his successful career with a rainbow on his back.

The Belgian team took the 2016 Worlds under control along with Great Britain after the turnaround point in the Qatari desert. Wind shattered the peloton and forced the riders into small echelons.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.