From the cobbles to the race track: Tom Boonen is living his best life

We caught up with the Classics legend on the five-year anniversary of his last Paris-Roubaix to talk about race car driving and modern cycling

Tom Boonen
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On the five-year anniversary of his last professional bike race — Paris-Roubaix on April 9, 2017— I find myself sitting at a large wooden table across from Classics legend Tom Boonen. I don’t think either of us were aware of this momentous coincidence at the time. The 2022 edition of Paris-Roubaix wouldn’t be happening till the following week after all. 

Tom was attending the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, to promote his Classified Powershift company. Even amid a sea of 74,000 people, the tall Belgian stood out. 

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