Tom Boonen had several victories and strong performances 2015, a year otherwise bookended by two serious injuries: a dislocated shoulder in Paris-Nice and a temporal bone fracture in the Abu Dhabi Tour. The first crash meant he had to skip the races he loves so much, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, but despite this setback he returned strong and motivated, winning four races – stage 1 of the Belgium Tour, Rund um Köln, stage 3 of the Eneco Tour and Sparkassen Giro – before being sidelined by the crash he suffered in the Middle East.
In 2016, Tom will once again eye further success at the Spring Classics, knowing that a fourth victory at De Ronde or a fifth win in Roubaix would make him the rider with the most wins ever in these hugely popular races, and he would be able to rightly claim a place among the legends of cycling: “The records? I don’t think about them. My goal is to arrive at ‘my’ races in top form and then, as always, it will be the road, with all its many variables, that will decide the winner. It doesn’t really matter if I’ll be victorious in Flanders or Roubaix, because winning any of these two will be the cherry on the cake.”
UCI Ranking: 83
#Top-10 positions: 1
Race distance covered: 614 km
Days of racing: 5 days