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Quick Step's Boonen claims Belgian road title

Quick Step's Boonen claims Belgian road title

Quick Step rider Tom Boonen became Belgian road cycling champion here on Sunday after defeating Philippe Gilbert and Kristoff Goddart in a sprint finish.
It was the 28-year-old's first senior national title in his home country, after he was named under-23 road champion in 2001.
On an undulating course that did not appear to suit him, Boonen overpowered pre-race favorite Gilbert in the race's closing stages to clinch his fifth victory of the year.
"Philippe was the best today," said Boonen.
"I didn't have his legs but I raced with my head. I'm especially happy for my team-mates, who did a fantastic job."
Boonen has been banned from racing in this year's Tour de France by organizers the Amaury Sport organization (ASO) after testing positive for cocaine in an out-of-competition drug test in April.
Quick Step have appealed ASO's decision and a court will announce its verdict on the appeal on Tuesday.
"Before thinking about the Tour, I want to savor my victory on Sunday," Boonen added. "We'll see what happens on Tuesday."


Updated : 2021-04-13 06:54 GMT+08:00