Boonen checks out San Remo
Double Paris-Nice stage winner Tom Boonen goes straight from that event to check out the finishing s
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM There is, it seems, no time to rest if you want to be sure of being a contender for the biggest events on the calendar. Fresh from winning two stages and completing Paris-Nice yesterday, Quick Step sprinter Tom Boonen crossed over the border into Italy today to check out the final decisive kilometres of Milan-San Remo, which takes place next Saturday. In the company of team-mates Kevin Hulsmans and Guido Trenti, Boonen trained for almost two and a half hours on the route, climbing both the Cipressa and the Poggio twice.ÿ Boonen was also assisted in the training session by Quick Step sporting director Wilfried Peeters, who was able to pass on valuable advice. ÿ “Having a preview of the final section of San Remo was a great idea,” Boonen said. “I’ve already taken part in this classic race twice but it is always a good idea to check the race route out beforehand.ÿRiding alongside me was the experienced Trenti, who gave me a lot of important advice.ÿ “It will be very important to start the Poggio in a good position, that way you don’t risk being bottle-necked in the main part of the group and therefore having to use more energy than necessary to work your way up to the front of the group.ÿ “I think the race will be particularly difficult from the Cipressa onwards. That said, I think a few teams such as Fassa Bortolo and Rabobank will be controlling the race. We’ll have to do a good job in following in their tracks”. ÿ Today’s training session gave Quick Step a good opportunity to make some technical decisions too. Boonen explained: “I’ll be using a 41 ring instead of a 39.ÿI think this is the best choice and will help me in the action on the Poggio.” ÿ Boonen returned to Brussels late this afternoon and will be returning to Italy on Thursday evening.