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It is going to be a good year for Boonen
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Orange Crush

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01/09/2014 03:21 PM
and quite possibly his last. Just a picture but he looks super fit. Cavendish...not so much but then again he's already said he's not doing MSR (some other sprinters incl Greipel are passing up too this year) so there's a bit of time.
vtguy

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01/09/2014 03:32 PM
Hope you're right. I've always enjoyed watching Boonen race. It would be great to see him take out Roubaix or Flanders again.
Sweet Milk

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01/10/2014 09:39 AM
In this pic he looks remarkably much like a scaled up version of Jens Voigt
Spud

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01/10/2014 02:31 PM
Looking forward to watching this race next week. Especially since Gianluca made the roster.


Omega Pharma Quick Step team for the Tour de San Luis:

Tom Boonen (Belgium)
Gianluca Brambilla (Italy)
Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)
Alessandro Petacchi (Italy)
Stijn Vandenbergh (Belgium)
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Belgium)


jacques_anquetil

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01/10/2014 02:56 PM
wait, didn't Petacchi retire a huff last year?!
Ron

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01/17/2014 09:16 AM
Yup, Petacchi did retire. I thought it was because he was being implicated in a doping investigation and decided to say See Ya. Maybe my mind is going. Either way, no long after he retired, was it Tour Time and Cavendish was pissed about his lead-out?, that QS went and picked up Petacchi, then grabbed Renshaw too. Wait, why do you say it might be his last? Has he hinted at this? Off year last year, but injuries, not really issues with the legs.
Orange Crush

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01/17/2014 10:36 AM
Posted By Ryan Asher on 01/17/2014 09:16 AM
Wait, why do you say it might be his last? Has he hinted at this? Off year last year, but injuries, not really issues with the legs.


Tom did a lenghty interview last year about the hunger for wins no longer matching the risks of the sport and being close to retiring. With the injuries last year, the hunger is back but my guess is if he has some big wins this year, then he'll hang it up; otherwise add one more year. I think he signed a 2-yr contract extension recently
Dale

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01/17/2014 11:20 AM
...the hunger for wins no longer matching the risks of the sport


And that, my friends, is a sign of wisdom and maturity.
GJanney

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01/23/2014 06:06 PM
I also believe it's Boonen's last year, and as such I'd love to see an all-out battle at Paris-Roubaix with Spartacus.
Oldfart

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01/23/2014 06:12 PM
Boonen has a couple years on his contract. The interview in Procycling indicated he would do the two more. Although it was mildly hinted that if actually won PR or Flanders (or both) that he would retire. I think he had said the risks of pack sprinting were no longer worth it.
Orange Crush

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02/12/2014 11:29 AM
Better believe it

http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/tour-of-qatar-2014/stage-4/results
Gonzo Cyclist

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02/23/2014 04:18 PM
+1 GJanney, I can't wait, that is going to be P-R is going to be epic, maybe Sagan in the mix?
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