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by Mark Zalewski
December 8, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI insists no reduction to team sizes in 2017; Jack Bobridge on retiring at 27: ‘At the end of the day health comes first’; One less WorldTour team in 2017? Rider agent ‘very concerned’ about Chinese team TJ Sport; Velon creating new race series; Stefan Schumacher signs with Kuwait-Cartucho.es; Kenyan cyclist who lost leg in crash talks about life after amputation; Tom Boonen: I needed a sports psychologist after Abu Dhabi Tour crash; Cameron Wurf returning to pro racing with triathlon ambitions; Four days of Dunkirk reveals course and name change to Tour des Hauts-de-France; Giro del Trentino becomes Tour of the Alps; 2017 Oceania Track Cycling Championships; Record-setting attempt to ride around Great Britain underway; Strava calculates the fastest cyclists by country; KASK extends sponsorship with Team Sky; Christian Meier on his final pro race; Adorable cyclocross racer shows how barriers are done.
Tom Boonen is set to retire next year after racing Paris-Roubaix one more time. He said that as he winds his 15-year professional career down he found the need of a sports psychologist for the first time in his career, undergoing sessions after this year’s Tour of Flanders.
Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep), after finishing a close second to Mathew Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge) at 2016 Paris-Roubaix, narrowly missing a record for Roubaix victories. Photo: Cor Vos.
“I saw [the need] this year after the opening weekend went anything but rosy,” he said. He was nervous due to a serious crash in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour, with the resulting head injury causing some hearing loss.
“During the Tour of Flanders as I turned onto the third time up the Oude Kwaremont I was the last place of the group. That had never happened to me. During the descent of the New Kwaremont I was really scared.
“[Because of that], for the first time in my career, I went to see a sports psychologist.”
Boonen went on to finish 15th at the Tour of Flanders, but a week later came second at Paris-Roubaix, in a group sprint won by Mathew Hayman.
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