Boonen wins Sparkassen Munsterland

Tom Boonen sprints to victory in Germany after his teammate Tony Martin attacks in the final laps to cue up the Etixx sprint.

Former world champion Tom Boonen claimed his first win in nearly two months, sprinting to victory in the Sparkassen Münsterland Giro Saturday in Germany. The Etixx-Quick-Step classics specialist came home ahead of Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s Roy Jans and Nikias Arndt of Giant-Alpecin in a small bunch sprint.

Boonen’s teammate, Tony Martin attacked on both the penultimate and the last lap of the race circuit, which helped Etixx avoid too much work ahead of the sprint.

“It was a nice race, with a lot of corners and a few cobblestone sections,” Boonen said. “So it was a good, technical parcours. We controlled the entire race as a team, with the help of a couple other teams in the peloton.

“When I entered into a right-hand corner inside the final kilometer, I anticipated and entered from the outside, so I could maintain a high level of speed as I exited. I then launched at around 300 meters to go. I went full gas with the speed I maintained through the corner, and I won. It’s always a good feeling to win, and it is proof my condition is there.”

Boonen added that he’s looking forward to next weekend’s inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour.