Boonen returns to tricolor jersey
- By: Brecht Decaluwé
Teamwork puts Omega Pharma-Quickstep on top
Rich applause for Tom Boonen from his home crowd at the Tour of Flanders
Boonen lives a stone’s throw away from the 15km long course in Geel which turned into floodplain due to heavy rain showers in the first half of the race. The race was decided by a move from Boonen at 40km from the finish line, exploiting a mechanical from co-favorite Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol). Together with teammate Julien Vermote and four others he managed to keep the peloton and defending champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) at distance. While the sun started glimpsing through the clouds in Geel the sprint was a formality. Boonen easily won ahead of Kristof Goddaert (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Sven Vandousselaere (Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator). The 31 year-old was delighted with his tenth victory of the season.