12
Apr
09

Congrats, Tom Boonen, You Lucky Bastard

Tom Boonen Press Conference

Congrats, Tom Boonen, you brilliant son-of-a-bitch. You’ve just won your third Paris-Roubaix title (2005, 2008, 2009) and have joined an elite group of cyclists who can claim three or more wins at the Hell of the North. Even better, you didn’t just win it — you left everyone else in the snooty French dust as you completed what were essentially victory laps around the velodrome in Roubaix, with only Italian rider and former teammate Filippo Pozzato trailing in a distant second, leaving many to call this your finest Roubaix win yet.

Interestingly enough, Lady Luck is also apparently from Belgium — this year’s race was full of crashes and cobblestone bloopers, but the game-changers seemed to be reserved for other nationalities. George Hincapie was laid low by mechanical problems and was unable to catch back up with the front; Rabobank’s Juan Antonio Flecha wiped out on the infamous Carrefour de l’Arbre cobbles; and Thor Hushovd, your main competition heading into the closing kilometers of the race, took a corner too wide and ran into a barrier before meeting the road face first. Fabian Cancellara, the 2006 champ, was a footnote. The weather was great; the cobbles were perfect. If you weren’t such an impressive rider, not to mention the virtual face of the Belgian sporting scene (not an oxymoron), I’d say you are one lucky bastard who is definitely getting laid as of this posting.

The Flemish fans along the route were going ape the entire time; you attacked relentlessly and constantly like you were the only person in the race. I don’t know what the hell they’re putting in the water up there in Belgium (maybe your own special formulation?), but if you could bottle it and sell it over in the states, it would be much appreciated.

[Boonen Blitzes Paris-Roubaix – VeloNews]

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