If he wins either Paris-Roubaix or the Tour of Flanders this year, Tom Boonen will become the sole record holder for most victories in the cobbled Classic.

The Etixx-Quick Step rider is currently tied with Roger de Vlaeminck on four Roubaix titles and is alongside the likes of Fabian Cancellara and Johan Museeuw on three Flanders wins.

The Belgian has not won a Monument since 2012, when he won both of the spring’s big cobbled races, but he hopes to put his injury worries of recent seasons behind him and claim the records for his own.

“It [being joint record holder] doesn’t change anything but I’m at the point where there’s no going back – if I win one of them I’m the solo record holder,” he told Cycling Weekly. “I don’t do it to prove myself to anybody, I do it because I like it.

“At the end of last season my form was really good and I think if I can get in that shape again for the Classics then I can win one.

“It’s not like I can choose between them [if I could only win one] but my heart goes out to Paris-Roubaix.”