In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Philippe Gilbert wins the Tour of Flanders with thrilling 55km solo move; Coryn Rivera becomes first American to win the Tour of Flanders; Rare victory for Rory Sutherland at Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja; Simon Yates victorious at GP Miguel Indurain; Sagan and Vanmarcke crash out of Flanders; Double mechanical ruins Boonen’s Flandrian fairytale; Gilbert outlines dream of winning all five Monuments; Mixed reception to Muur’s Flanders return; Vinokourov and Kolobnev to face court in May over Liege corruption allegation; Fallen endurance racer Mike Hall honoured in tribute rides.
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Tom Boonen’s final Tour of Flanders was looking like something of a fairytale. The QuickStep Floors rider helped create the decisive split and was well placed as his teammate Gilbert rode off the front on his own. And then, on the Taaienberg — so often the site of Boonen’s devastating attacks in the past — he ran into mechanical trouble.
Boonen dismounted to try to fix an issue at the rear of his drivechain, as his chase group disappeared up the road ahead of him. There was a delay getting a replacement bike to him, and when it arrived, it too had an issue with the rear mech. A visibly furious Boonen waited for another bike, but by that stage the race was done.
— Laura Meseguer (@Laura_Meseguer) April 2, 2017
Boonen later had another bike change, jumping onto one of his first two bikes, and eventually finished 37th, 3:30. Just one race remains in his illustrious career: Paris-Roubaix, a race he’s won a record-equalling four times.