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Old 07-06-11, 05:29 PM   #26
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Tom Boonen does not seem to have good luck at the tour for some reason...it's just not his race. He's been far behind in the points and without that or a stage win, there's not much reason for him to stick it out for 3 weeks! I had a feeling he'd probably bail and now I'm sure he will...
for guys like him the Tour is just basically riding in a pack around france for 3 weeks, you don't have a hope in hell, you have to win a stage or get the sprints and then you have to drag yourself over the Pyrenees....he's really a classics guy.
Boonen has 6 TDF stage wins, one Green Jersey, and he's worn the Yellow Jersey for a while... we should all be so unlucky.
He's got a better chance of winning a stage this year than probably 190 of the other guys. The fans want to see him, the sponsors want to see him, the press want to interview him, and he wants to show himself... that's plenty of reason. And he's starting tomorrow in what looks to be a lot of pain.
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Old 07-06-11, 07:42 PM   #27
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[QUOTE=DiabloScott;12889906]Boonen has 6 TDF stage wins, one Green Jersey, and he's worn the Yellow Jersey for a while... we should all be so unlucky.
He's got a better chance of winning a stage this year than probably 190 of the other guys. The fans want to see him, the sponsors want to see him, the press want to interview him, and he wants to show himself... that's plenty of reason. And he's starting tomorrow in what looks to be a lot of pain.[/QUOTE

I know his accomplishments, but he hasn't finished very often, of course he's a sprinter and they often don't...nasty looking injuries! I have a feeling he may not make it through the alps, let along to paris. But you never know...
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Old 07-07-11, 08:17 AM   #28
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Boonen was on top of the world til his cocaine binge. He's the Tiger Woods of cycling.
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Old 07-07-11, 10:22 AM   #29
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Watching Boonen get going after the crash was poignant. He would start to reach for his shoulder, then realize the futility of that, and you could see the transition from pain (and fear of not finishing the tour) to resolve. Remarkable to watch.
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