Boonen Wins Paris-Roubaix

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04/14/2005| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill
Tom Boonen takes the win ahead of George Hincapie and Juan Antonio Flecha. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Tom Boonen takes the win ahead of George Hincapie and Juan Antonio Flecha. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Boonen Wins Paris-Roubaix

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) has won Paris-Roubaix.

from third wheel to win.

 

According to Lars Michaelsen, the race was easy to read. ?I could see where the race was going to be decided the first time and went immediately after Quick Step when they took off,? he said. ?I felt like I was riding really well, and my intuitions before the race proved correct. When Flecha increased the tempo at Carrefour de l?Arbre, I was perhaps a bit unfocused, but I was at my limit and got dropped. I?ve been fifth place before, but I?m really satisfied. I could have dreamed of finishing higher up, but there is no way I could have beaten Boonen today.?

 

Michael Barry (Discovery Channel), who rode Paris-Roubaix for the first time today, told Roadcycling.com that ?The race was incredible and a lot more fun than I expected. It was thrilling to ride for George and get him in position for the cobbled sections. My job was to keep him in good position going into the cobbles and to keep him out of the wind as much as possible.? Barry added that, ?I stopped the race at just over 200 km as I had a front flat and was too far out to get back on. My work was pretty much done by then anyhow. So, I went to the finish in a team car and watched the race on TV in the bus. I had goose bumps as George entered the velodrome. It was a terrific result for George and for the team. Now I have tasted Paris-Roubaix, and it has left me motivated for next year.?

 

Many of these riders will take on the Amstel Gold Race on April 17. Who will prosper? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!

 


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