TOM BOONEN
Date of birth:
15/01/1980
From: Mol, Belgium
Team: Omega Pharma-QuickStep
Previous teams: US Postal (2002)

Tom Boonen career profile
Tom Boonen is arguably the greatest one-day rider of his generation. Whilst cobbled Classics are his top speciality – Boonen is already a double winner of Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders – the Belgian is also a points jersey winner in the Tour de France and a former World Champion.

Charismatic, good-looking and articulate, Boonen was nominated Johan Museeuw’s successor after taking third in his first ever Paris-Roubaix. Since then he has had the status of a rock star in Belgium.

After a controversial team change from US Postal to Quick Step in 2003, Boonen started to rack up the wins in bunch wins and in bigger and bigger Classics.

An incredibly prolific winner (in two years he has taken over 20 victories), 2005 has been Boonen’s key year so far, with his first triumph in Flanders and Paris-Roubaix as well as the World Championships victory in Madrid.

However, Boonen’s playboy lifestyle off the bike caught up with him badly in 2008 when he returned positive for cocaine in an out-of-race drugs test and was barred from the Tour.

Just 12 months later he again tested positive for cocaine in an out-of-competition test in April 2009 and was immediately suspended by his Quick Step team. He subsequently admitted to having a drink problem on Belgian TV.

After a couple of quiet seasons – by his standard – Boonen returned to top form in 2012, scooping four classics in a row: E3 Harelbeke, Ghent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. The latter victory meant that he matched Roger De Vlaeminck’s record for scoring four Paris-Roubaix wins.

Tom Boonen results
2014
Tour of Qatar; stage four
Tour of Qatar; stage two
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Tour of Belgium; stage one
Tour of Belgium; stage two

2013
Tour de Wallonie; stage two
Heistse Pijl

2012
Tour of San Luis; stage seven
Tour of Qatar; stage one
Tour of Qatar; stage four
Tour of Qatar; overall
Paris-Nice; stage two
E3 Harelbeke
Ghent-Wevelgem
Tour of Flanders
Paris-Roubaix

2011
Tour of Qatar; stage one
Ghent-Wevelgem

2010
Tour of Qatar; stage three
Tour of Qatar; stage five
Tour of Oman; stage five
Tirreno-Adriatico; stage two

2009

Circuit Franco-Belge; stage three
ENECO Tour; stage three
Tour of Qatar; overall
Tour of Qatar; stage three
Paris-Roubaix
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
National road race championships

2008
Tour of Spain; stage
Tour of Spain; stage
Ster Elektrotoer; stage
Circuit Franco-Belge; stage
Tour of Austria; stage
Tour of Wallonia; stage
Eneco Tour; stage
Eneco Tour; stage
Tour of California; stage
Tour of Belgium; stage
Tour of Qatar; stage
Tour of Qatar; stage
Tour of Qatar; stage
Tour of Qatar; overall
Paris-Roubaix

2007
Tour de France; stage
Tour de France; stage
Tour de France; green jersey
Tour of Belgium; stage
Tour of Qatar; stage
Tour of Qatar; stage
Tour of Qatar; stage
Tour of Qatar; stage
Tour of Andalucia; stage
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Across Flanders
E3 Harelbeke

2006
GP Doha
Tour of Qatar; stage
Tour of Qatar; stage
Tour of Qatar; stage
Tour of Qatar; stage
Tour of Qatar; overall
Tour of Andalusia; stage
Paris-Nice; stage
Paris-Nice; stage
Paris-Nice; stage
Paris-Nice; stage
E3 Harelbeke
Tour of Flanders
Scheldeprijs
Tour of Belgium; stage
Tour of Belgium; stage
Veenendaal-Veenendaal
Tour of Switzerland; stage
Eneco Tour; stage
Eneco Tour; stage
Eneco Tour; stage
Tour of Britain; stage

2005
Tour of Qatar; stage
Tour of Qatar; stage
Paris-Nice; stage
Paris-Nice; stage
E3 Harelbeke
Tour of Flanders
Paris-Roubaix
Tour of Picardie; stage
Tour of Belgium; stage
Tour of Belgium; overall
Tour de France; stage
World Road Race Champion

2004
Tour of Qatar; stage
Tour of Andalusia; stage
E3 Harelbeke
Ghent-Wevelgem
Scheldeprijs
Tour of Picardie; stage
Tour of Picardie; stage
Tour of Picardie; overall
Tour of Belgium; stage
Tour of Germany; stage
Tour of Germany; stage
Ster Elektrotoer; stage
Ster Elektrotoer; stage
Tour de France; stage
Tour de France; stage
Omloop Mandel
Tour of Britain; stage
Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen
Circuite Franco-Belge; stage
Circuite Franco-Belge; stage

2003
Tour of Belgium; stage

2002
UNIQA Classic; stage

Tom Boonen photos


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