Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) showed his dominance today by breaking away from the main field with over 50km to go and soloing to victory in the Queen of the Classics.
Boonen was the odds-on favorite coming in to the day, but was able to accelerate, unchecked, from the main field that was largely controlled by Team Sky (with four riders). Alessandro Ballan, Niki Terpstra, Lars Boom, Juan Antonio Flecha, Matthieu Ladagnous and Sebastien Turgot were the only riders able to match Boonen’s speed today. That group led the pursuit of Boonen, but were unable to reel him in. Boonen pulled away and eventually entered the Roubaix Velodrome with a 1:35 lead and was able to take a victory lap in front of his adoring fans.
Boonen has had a stellar year already with eight victories to his credit. The big question in the week leading up to the Hell of the North is how fresh Boonen’s legs are. Boonen settled that matter…with an iron fist.
This is one of the most dominant victories ever at Paris-Roubaix. In recent years the victor has usually won in a bunch sprint in the final kilometer. Here, though, Boonen out-classed his competitors and was able to start celebrating with 5k to go.
Not only is this Boonen’s ninth victory of the year, but it is also his all-time record-tying fourth victory at Paris-Roubaix.
1. Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step)
2. Sebastien Turgot (Europcar)
3. Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing)