Tom Boonen wore the rainbow jersey when he won Flanders 2006, and he salutes Peter Sagan for the same performance in De Ronde 2016.
De Ronde van Vlaanderen's top favorites give their takes on Sunday's big race
Tom Boonen and the Belgian Etixx super team aren't concerned about criticism heading into Tour of Flanders, the season's biggest race.
Sure, Tom Boonen's palmares speaks for itself, but really, there are four key elements that have made him a bona fide superstar.
Etixx – Quick-Step is hoping that Tom Boonen has recovered enough from recent injuries to be a factor in Flanders and Roubaix
Will Sunday's cobbled race end with a mad dash to the line thanks to a long run into Wevelgem, or will an opportunist take over?
Veteran sport director Dirk Demol has worked with both riders, and he tells VeloNews one of them holds a slight edge in the classics.
A handful of top riders have come close to Sanremo glory — Andrew Hood considers five favorites who've never broken through in Italy.
Tom Boonen may have been complaining about the cold in Paris-Nice Monday, but his form is heating up for the classics.
Like most things in cycling, there's an unwritten rule that states when a rider can don a pair of legwarmers for a race.