Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen has been included in Belgium's squad for the forthcoming world road race championships in Germany, although an injured back from the Tour of Spain could force him out of the event.
Belgian coach Carlo Bomans named Boonen among the nine-man squad for the September 26-30 championship in Stuttgart even though Boonen has a back injury and may not ride.
Philippe Gilbert and Stijn Devolder look set to be the top riders for the
event should Boonen not be in peak fitness.
"Philippe and Stijn are perfectly prepared and tailor-made for this type of course," said Bomans, who added Boonen could be used as a super domestique.
Mario Aerts (Predictor), Bjorn Leukemans (Predictor), Johan Vansummeren
(Predictor), Stijn Devolder (Discovery Channel), Jurgen Van Goolen (Discovery Channel), Philippe Gilbert (Francaise des Jeux), Maxime Monfort (Cofidis), Greg Van Avermaet (Predictor) and Tom Boonen (Quick Step).
Frederic Willems (Liquigas), Staf Scheirlinckx (Cofidis), Jurgen Van de Walle (Quick Step), Sebastien Rosseler (Quick Step) and Rik Verbrugghe (Cofidis).
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