Tom Boonen says his recovery is going well after suffering a temporal bone fracture in the Abu Dhabi Tour in October.
Veteran Belgian star may have to sit out for six months after a high-speed crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour last week.
The Belgian went down hard around 55km into Friday's stage 2 at the four-day race in the desert.
The Astana rider wins the stage in a high-speed bunch sprint in the desert heat.
Tom Boonen sprints to victory in Germany after his teammate Tony Martin attacks in the final laps to cue up the Etixx sprint.
Four-time Paris-Roubaix winner signs with Etixx-Quick-Step for a 14th season as the 34-year-old looks to cap off successful career.
The 34-year-old Belgian tells Het Nieuwsblad he wants to go "year to year" because of his age.
Tom Boonen earns his first WorldTour win since 2012 as Jesper Asselman holds onto overall lead in technical Ardooie sprint finish.
The Tour has plenty of big name firepower, but there are several riders not at the French grand tour
Avoiding a challenging final week in the mountains, several sprinters are leaving Italy to recuperate in preparation for later season goals