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by Mark Zalewski
March 1, 2017
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Following his crash in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and stomach illness that forced him from staring Kuurne, Quick Step Floors’ Tom Boonen will likely have to alter his race plan as he heads towards his retirement races of Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
It wasn’t a great weekend for Boonen. He crashed at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and didn’t complete the race, and then missed KBK with “stomach problems”.
“Tom is still not old,” team owner Patrick Lefevere to Het Nieuwsblad. “But it also makes sense now to adjust his programme for the coming weeks. First, he must completely recover. Only later we can make a decision.”
He will definitely not be racing Strade Bianche on the weekend. “Le Samyn he certainly will not race,” said Lefevere. “Across West Flanders is still an option, but we see later this week. ”
His team said the original plan included Tirreno-Adriatico, Milano-Sanremo in E3 Harelbeke in the coming weeks.
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