Sunday, April 8, 2012

Tommeke, Again!

Congratulations to Tom Boonen for repeating a trick that he pulled off in 2005 and Fabian Cancellara repeated in 2010: winning the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix back-to-back. And like Cancellara in 2010, Tommeke won the "Hell of the North" with an attack from a long way out, gaining time on the chasers virtually to the end.

It's Boonen's 4th victory in Paris-Roubaix - one of the world's toughest, if not the toughest, one-day bike race - which ties the all-time record set by Roger de Vlaeminck.

I find it interesting that a different rider has dominated the Spring Classics each of the last few seasons. In 2010, Cancellara won nearly everything. Last year, it was Philippe Gilbert (although Johan van Summeren won Paris-Roubaix). This year, it's Boonen (who previously dominated in 2005). It'll be interesting to see which rider, if any, dominates next year.

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