Tom Boonen loses driver’s license – again

QuickStep team also signs junior world champ

QuickStep teammates Kevin Hulsmans (L) and Tom Boonen.

Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen and two-time Paris-Roubaix winner was once again too fast on the road and has lost his driver’s license for the second time within a month.


The QuickStep rider was stopped for driving 180 km/h in a 90 km/h zone shortly after midnight Wednesday morning and was also tested with an alcohol level of 1 permille, instead of the allowed 0.5 permille. He had to give up his driver’s licence for two weeks.

Boonen had previously been stopped for speeding at the end of April, losing his license for two weeks.

The incident was not his only car-related problem this week. On Thursday, he was out training with directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters when a car turned abruptly in front of them. Boonen could not avoid hitting the vehicle, but was not injured.

QuickStep signs Junior World champ


Belgian team QuickStep has finalised its first rider contract for the 2009 season. The Belgian team directed by Patrick Lefévère signed young Italian hopeful Davide Malacarne for next year. The 2005 Junior World Champ of Cyclo-Cross won the Circuito Belvedere in Treviso, Italy, in spring. Malacarne will turn 21 years this July.