Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 23, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Dries de Bondt wins Halle-Ingooigem; LottoNL-Jumbo team demands apology over hidden motor claims against Roglic; Despite Olympic selection, Dimension Data wants Cavendish to complete Tour; Strava report debunks myth that women; Talansky re-signs with Cannondale, skipping Tour; Team Sky Tour de France roster; BMC Tour de France roster; LottoNL-Jumbo for Tour de France; Controversy over leaked British Olympic cycling roster; Emma Pooley signs with Lotto-Soudal; Favourites for Dutch TT title absent; Win your commute with Tour de Bike Lane; Ion Izaguirre hits 110km/h at Suisse time trial; Chris Hoy races Le Mans

Tom Boonen on respect, life in the public eye, and the greatest riders he’s ever seen

by Neal Rogers

During his 15-year career, Belgian Tom Boonen, more than most riders, has experienced the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows, in professional racing. The list of Boonen’s accomplishments is long and varied; he has seven Monument victories on his palmares (four wins at Paris-Roubaix, three at the Tour of Flanders), as well as a world road championship (in 2005), a green jersey at the Tour de France (in 2007), and six Tour stage wins.

Handsome and charismatic, Boonen is a national celebrity in his home country, and has been one of the biggest names in pro cycling since his first Flanders win, in 2005, at the age of 24.

However the list of mishaps and disappointments that has plagued Boonen’s career is also long; he was banned from the Tour de France and suspended by his team, for cocaine use, in 2008 and 2009, respectively. He’s had several serious injuries, including a concussion at the Tour de France (in 2011), a staph infection that nearly cost him his left arm (in 2013), and a fractured skull at the Abu Dhabi Tour, in October.

The skull fracture prevented Boonen from flying home for two weeks, and left him with permanent damage to his hearing. Doctors initially suggested that he could be out of action for as long as six months. However he returned to racing in February, and after a lackluster classics season, he nearly won a fifth Paris-Roubaix in April, narrowly out-sprinted at the line by Australian Mathew Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge).

Given the severity of the injury, and how close he came to wining a fifth Roubaix, Boonen said it was the career result he is proudest of, during an interview with CyclingTips at the Amgen Tour of California last month.

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