Tom Boonen Takes Third Gent-Wevelgem Victory
Tom Boonen made a legendary addition to his palmarès earlier today by winning the Gent-Wevelgem 2012.
Wevelgem and added "Steegmans in particular was a really key rider. The team did their best fight to make the front, they expended all energy they had to try and help."
Devenyns, who worked hard to make sure Boonen was in the key move earlier, eventually lost contact with the group after doing his job. That left Steegmans and Ciolek to work at the front for Boonen. Ciolek buried himself to chase down an attacking Team Sky rider with 5km to go, and once that was done it was up to Steegmans to deliver Boonen as part of the sprint to the finish line.
"Steegmans did something really unbelievable today," Boonen said. "He kept the speed so fast so I could do my sprint.
"After the last climb of the Kemmelberg I was in a breakaway with Fabian Cancellara. I felt good, but that was already the case in Tirreno-Adriatico. It's better to try something than to do nothing at all. In the sprint Boonen was stronger today," 2nd place finisher Sagan said after the finish.
As the sprint began, there was a crash in the rear part of the peloton group involving several riders. Boonen was not one of them, and he took off for the win as chaos erupted behind him.
"I will now try to focus on recovery, eating, and sleeping as well as possible and then try to do my best at Ronde van Vlaanderen next Sunday," Boonen said and added "I am not like Cancellara or other guys who can solo for 50 kilometer. I don't have the engine to do it. I will try to be in control and see what happens.
Commenting on his expectations for the 2012 Tour of Flanders, Boonen told Roadcycling.com
"The Ronde van Vlaanderen course is different. It's harder than in the past. I think everybody will wait a bit. You never know what can happen with a parcour like that. I'm really happy to win Gent-Wevelgem. These races in Flanders, and Paris-Roubaix - I live for races like these. I like these and these are where I have to try and really perform even if I always do my best in every race."