Boonen wins Belgian national title for first time

A very happy Tom Boonen, winner of Paris-Roubaix

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) denied pre-race favourite Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) victory in the Belgian road race national championship on Sunday.

The triple Paris-Roubaix winner and former world champion took his first victory in his home championship, where he headed a group of 15 riders to the line. Gilbert took second, with Kristof Goddaert (Top Sport Vlaanderen) in third.

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