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by Mark Zalewski
April 5, 2017
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The final race on Belgian soil for Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors), Scheldeprijs, is pulling out all the stops for its star. Not only did the race move the start from Antwerp to his hometown of Mol, organisers made the parcours so that the race will again pass through it 50km into the event.
Three-time Flanders winner Tom Boonen was racing his final edition. He is set to retire after Paris-Roubaix on Sunday.
“Obviously, I was won over by the idea,” Boonen told Sporza. “It means something that they are moving the start of the race to Mol, which has for years been in Antwerp. That is quite special. I am greatly honored.”
“After 50 kilometres the peloton will again return to Mol,” said Flanders Classics organiser Wim Van Herreweghe. “It’s great for Tom to have such a farewell in his last race in Belgium.”
“Every time I hear that Scheldeprijs is my last Belgian race, it gets me. It’s a little weird. For years the Belgian spring was my habitat and suddenly this Scheldeprijs will be my last. That I can start it among my own people, it will be special.”
Boonen has won the race twice, in 2004 and 2006. However, his focus will likely be on the final race of his career, Paris-Roubaix on Sunday.
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