In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pichon wins Route Adélie de Vitré; Indian Pacific Wheel Race mourns death of British rider Mike Hall; Gilbert on his resurgence with QuickStep: ‘I feel good in my skin’; Lizzie Deignan opens up about her experience with British Cycling; Interview with Manzana Postobon manager about Vuelta invite; Boonen says he can still play a role in Flanders’ finale; Sep Vanmarcke ‘If I could get a podium, that would be a surprise’; Devolder ‘If it up to me, this is definitely not my last Tour of Flanders’; Cervelo-Bigla cyclist struck by vehicle while riding from work; No Tour for Dumoulin, all focus on Giro; Van der Poel talks about possible transition to road; Andy Schleck named new chairman of Tour of Luxembourg; Amy’s Gran Fondo expanding for 2017; Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij taking Flanders prep in stride.
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Racing his final Tour of Flanders on Sunday, Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors) says he still feels capable of being in the mix for a win, even if it is as an outsider to the favourites like Greg Van Avermaet, Peter Sagan, or even his own teammates, like Philippe Gilbert.
“I would have liked better form heading into Sunday, but I’m good enough to play a significant role,” he told Sporza. “I will try to be present in the final as deep as possible with the riders fighting for victory.”
However, Boonen does recognise that his chances are less than in previous years, and compared to the other top riders this Classics season. “Greg comes out as a very loud favourite. With Philippe I drove alone Harelbeke — he was really good. Sagan is not riding bad, but is not so super — he is not at the level of Greg.”
“I like Oliver Naesen. I cannot quite call him a candidate for winner, but you can keep an eye on him him more closely.”
After Flanders Boonen will turn his attention to his main goal, Paris-Roubaix. “Next week I’ll be back in my playground. In Paris-Roubaix, anything can happen.”
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