Boonen wins Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne

Peloton pays respects to Frederiek Nolf

Belgian star Tom Boonen (QuikcStep).

Belgian star Tom Boonen claimed his first big spring classics win of the season at the Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne semi-classic Sunday.


Former world champion Boonen, of QuickStep, finished ahead of Columbia sprinter Bernhard Eisel of Austria and Britain’s Jeremy Hunt, who was third in a bunch sprint for the line.

At Sunday’s race, held over 194km, the 194-strong field stopped to pay tribute to stricken Belgian racer Frederiek Nolf, 21, who died in his sleep at the Tour of Qatar on February 5.

A few hundred metres after the start the peloton stopped briefly outside the house of Nolf’s parents in Kuurne before getting the race under way.


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