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by Mark Zalewski
February 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Barbin wins sixth stage in Langkawi, Gibbons remains in lead; Aristi wins Tropicale Amissa Bongo opener; Sergio Henao wins Colombian road title; Bike Pure: No testing done at recent UCI cyclocross races, says riders offered drugs at events; Peloton shaking its collective head over Sagan; Directors upset over sidewalk riding in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Vanmarcke points to Sagan for missing out on Omloop win; Quintana on disc brakes: heavier, less aero, and dangerous; Tony Martin unable to finish Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after hard crash; Patrick Lefevere follows racing action from helicopter; Boonen taking early season setbacks in stride; British Government backpedals on reforms for injured cyclists to claim compensation; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour preview: Alice Barnes; On-board highlights from the Abu Dhabi Tour; Pedestrian tries to kick cyclist off bicycle.
Tom Boonen’s retirement racing season is not going quite to plan. After a positive start with a win and second place at the Vuelta a San Juan, he suffered crashes at both the Tour of Oman and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, followed by a stomach illness that kept him out of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.
“It’s really not a disaster, you know. It’s just Kuurne. If ‘De Ronde’ or Paris-Roubaix were up next, it would different,” said Quick Step Floors DS Wilifred Peeters.
Team doctor Yvan Vanmol said Boonen will take a few days off the bike to recover, saying that the situation is different from last year.
“That comeback, after his heavy crash in Abu Dhabi, was of a different order. The accumulation of bad luck would have had more impact. The body is affected but the engine remains intact.”
Team head Patrick Lefavre said he is not too worried, but is also knows that crashes can add up over time. “Let’s not discount it, this is inconvenient,” he said. “You can compare Tom to a boxer who has been knocked down five times but is no KO’d … but does have pain.”
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