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    Damn it, Boonen.

    He's dating a 16 year old.

    While I will be the first to confess that I am ignorant in the laws and cultural view of such a relationship in Belgium/Europe, I have to say that as a 22 year old, dating a 16 year old is beyond comprehension. And he's what, 26?

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    Meanwhile, no one from Quick.Step attended the ceremony. The team is boycotting HLN since the newspaper published doping charges against the squad in January this year.

    Boonen had further difficulties with the newspaper this week after it published a story on his new girlfriend, 16 year-old Sophie van Vliet, the daughter of former pro Leo van Vliet, now organiser of the Amstel Gold Race and Amstel Curaçao Race. The sprinter at first denied the story, then admitted it, but said that the reporter had lied to him about where the interview would appear.


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    Yeah, she doesn't pass the 1/2 your age plus 7 rule. WTF is he thinking?

    But, my goodness: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2298/...bf6e3d.jpg?v=0

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    Belgium is sorta like the West Virginia of Western Europe aint it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FatguyRacer View Post
    Belgium is sorta like the West Virginia of Western Europe aint it?
    Maybe Southern Belgium, but I assume this is Flanders and is probably more to do with the Europeans non-prudishness when it comes to sex.

    You should see some of the billboards around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatguyRacer View Post
    Belgium is sorta like the West Virginia of Western Europe aint it?
    Depends...are Boonen and Sophie cousins?

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    Don't know about Belgium, but 16 is the age of consent in the UK.

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    The age of consent in Belgium is 16 except towards "close" persons (18 in this case), as specified by Article 372, which reads:

    "All indecent assaults on modesty committed without violence or threat, by a person or by aiding the person, of a child of either sex, aged less than sixteen, will be punished by imprisonment (of five years to ten years).

    Will be punished by imprisonment of ten to fifteen years the assault on modesty committed, without violence or threat, by all ascendant or adoptant, on the person or the with the help of the person of a minor, even aged more than sixteen, but not emancipated by marriage. The same punalty will be enforced
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    Quote Originally Posted by Namenda View Post
    Depends...are Boonen and Sophie cousins?
    Good question! Its ok though if she's like a 3rd cousin.

    Nuttin wrong with younger women. My wife is 7 1/2 years younger than me. But she was 23 when we met.
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    Awww bucknuts. I used to cheer for him.


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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    Don't know about Belgium, but 16 is the age of consent in the UK.
    Legal != ethical.
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    16 will get ya 20.

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    A 26 year old Boonen has probably about the same maturity as a 16 year old girl.

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    Would someone please remind the other countries in the world that they're supposed to live by the American rules?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
    Legal != ethical.
    How would you define "ethical" in this situation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EventServices View Post
    Would someone please remind the other countries in the world that they're supposed to live by the American rules?
    as usual, our resident scribe gets it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    That puts it all in perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshi View Post
    How would you define "ethical" in this situation?
    Sixteen year-olds are well known for their excellent decision-making abilities. I'm sure they're not swayed in the least by fame and fortune.
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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    as usual, our resident scribe gets it.
    So no one over there considers that a bit odd?

    I suppose I took a rather prude look at things, considering there are many cultures around the world that marry people off at lesser ages than that.

    I still think it's wierd for a fully grown man to be dating a mid-teen, though. What would their conversations be like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
    So no one over there considers that a bit odd?

    I suppose I took a rather prude look at things, considering there are many cultures around the world that marry people off at lesser ages than that.

    I still think it's wierd for a fully grown man to be dating a mid-teen, though. What would their conversations be like?
    He's a bike racer, not a philosopher. And she's, well, she's a 16 year old girl. What conversations?

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    16? they didnt look like this when i was 16. did they? later.


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    Don't know any thing about this particular young lady, but if she's anything like America's brand of jet set trash she has probably achieved a level of sexual sophistication I don't even want to know about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
    So no one over there considers that a bit odd?

    I suppose I took a rather prude look at things, considering there are many cultures around the world that marry people off at lesser ages than that.

    I still think it's wierd for a fully grown man to be dating a mid-teen, though.
    What would their conversations be like?
    I haven't discussed it with any friends, but somehow I doubt that they'd sweat it. It is, after all, legal.

    As far as conversations, based on the interviews I've seen with typical Belgian pros, I'd rather talk to a 16 year old (even if Boonen is unique, in that he's witty).

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    If you're Belgian...and have a smokin' hot daughter...and Boonen wants to nail her...YOU LET IT HAPPEN!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouskid55 View Post
    Don't know any thing about this particular young lady, but if she's anything like America's brand of jet set trash she has probably achieved a level of sexual sophistication I don't even want to know about.
    "And that's when I walked in on my parents doing something my father would later describe as 'The Pile Driver' ".

    I love "Scrubs".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
    I love "Scrubs".
    +1...good show.

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    Her father was a pro racer. Likely she is far less in awe of Boonen as a sports figure than most would be. She probably understands a lot more about his situation as a pro rider than 99%+ of all women would (Yes even Belgian women). Good chance they have a huge set of common friends and acquantances.

    I can see a lot of good reasons that are big plusses for this relationship and only one minus, and the minus will fade in time.

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