Boonen Wins World Road Race

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09/26/2005| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill

Boonen Wins World Road Race

Tom Boonen (Belgium) has won the world road race championship.

followed. Moerenhout attacked, and Vinokourov countered, taking Moerenhout and Gorazd Stangelj (
Slovenia
) with him. Michael Boogerd (
Netherlands
), Bettini, and Marcos Serrano (
Spain
) bridged up to the leaders.

With one km left, the sextet led the field by 0:10. Cooperation was poor, however, which allowed the Belgian-led bunch to catch the escapees with 600 m left. With 300 m left, Valverde began his sprint, and Vinokourov made his move 50 m later. Boonen waited another 50 m, however, and had more than enough speed for Valverde and Geslin.

At only 24 years of age, Boonen has the potential to win many more world championships. He has the speed to win a bunch sprint, and the strength to outlast a small group, as he did in the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in 2005. In 2005, the Belgian wunderkind might have become cycling's best one-day racer. Watch him realize his potential in his world championship reign and in the seasons to follow at http://www.roadcycling.com/!

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