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Cerami: ‘The return of Boonen surprised me’ — La Dernière Heure
Pino Cerami, the 90-year-old namesake of Thursday’s Gran Prix Cerami and former winner of Paris-Roubaix (1960), Flèche Wallone (1960), Paris-Brussels (1961), and a stage of the Tour de France (1963), has always had “a quick eye and continues to follow cycling news carefully.”
Just a few days after his 90th birthday, Belgian daily La Dernière Heure caught up with Cerami to talk about the semi-classic named after him, Philippe Gilbert’s form, and the return of Tom Boonen.
“I’m surprised by [Tom Boonen’s] return to the forefront,” Cerami said. “I thought he was on the decline with this last two difficult seasons. Last year was even worse than in 2010. But hats off to him for what he has done. It is unfortunate, however, for the show, that Fabian Cancellara crashed at the Tour of Flanders. But Boonen was strong. There is no need to worry for him. He will be there Sunday in Paris-Roubaix!”
Niki Terpstra on Paris Roubaix: ‘Let it rain’ — De Telegraaf
Niki Terpstra’s best-ever finish at Paris-Roubaix was 17th in 2009, over six minutes behind winner Tom Boonen. But this year, things look different: the Dutchman has shown strong form over the past few weeks, and comes into the race as the teammate of the overwhelming favorite, Boonen.
As for the weather forecast, which is looking like chilly temperatures and rain showers, Terpstra isn’t bothered.
“Let it rain,” he said.
“(Paris-Roubaix) is a good match, I always felt that I could ride well there. I can ride well on the cobblestones in Paris-Roubaix but everything needs to go well, I’ve noticed,” Terpstra said.
“It’s good, it’s nice if the best man in the race is a teammate of yours,” Terpstra said of Boonen. “It takes some of the pressure off for Sunday.”
Wouter Mol out four weeks with broken collarbone — NUSport
A broken collarbone resulting from a nasty crash on the rain-slicked roads of Scheldeprijs on Wednesday will keep Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil-DCM) out of the rest of the classics season.
Mol underwent surgery Wednesday evening in Herentals. He will be back on the rollers next week and will resume regular training in two weeks. He won’t be back to racing for at least a month.