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As the Tom Boonen retirement tour rolls on towards its conclusion at Paris-Roubaix, the Quick-Step Floors rider said he is already receiving goodbyes from fellow riders, especially those who will not likely race the Spring Classics.
“Many guys came to me and said, ‘We are thing thinking about the races we’re doing and we won’t have that many races together any more, so I’ve come to say goodbye and good luck for the rest of your life,’” Boonen said at Tirreno-Adriatico.
“But it’s strange, someone comes to say goodbye and you realise that there are not that many races left any more.
“I know how it was when someone else used to stop and you’d go up to him and tell him how strange it’ll be when he’s not there any more. Then he’s not there any more and nothing changes! The race goes on.
“With Johan [Museeuw] it was really strange because he was in the team, with Peter Van Petegem and all those guys. You have a good relationship with them and then suddenly they are going away from our own protective world and out to the big world.”
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