Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step) might be retiring next year, but he shows no signs of losing his winning ways just yet.
After taking victory in a sprint in the RideLondon Classic, Boonen showed another decent turn of speed to take a second career victory in the Brussels Cycling Classic, beating Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis).
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The Belgian was given a perfect leadout by his Etixx teammates, including Marcel Kittel, in the finish to the 200km race, and managed to hold off the two sprinters Demare and Bouhanni who were sat on his wheel.
“I am very happy for getting this win, the team did a perfect job throughout the day and provided an excellent lead-out in the final kilometer,” Boonen said.
“The race was a fast and frantic one, with many attacks and narrow roads, but I am really satisfied of how things went.
“Yesterday, I talked with Marcel and asked him if he’s ok with me going for the sprint and he agreed. On top of that, he also helped me today, so chapeau to him! When Nikolas started his lead-out, FDJ came to the front on the right side of the road, so I decided to go.
“It was a little bit too early, but I kept something for the last 150 meters, when I pushed 100%. It wasn’t easy, but it’s really great to win again here. This victory bodes well for the next races of the season and for the World Championships in Qatar.”
1. Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step
2. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
3. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
4. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre – Merida
5. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team
6. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
7. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8. Andrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
9. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
10. Kevin Ista (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles