Tom Boonen isn’t finished yet.
The veteran classics superstar is expected to sign a one-year contract extension this week to stay with Etixx-Quick-Step for 2016, Het Nieuwsblad reported Monday.
The 34-year-old Belgian hinted it won’t be his final season, but he preferred to sign only for one season to consider his options at the end of 2016.
“The negotiations didn’t take very long, just two weeks,” Boonen told the Belgian daily. “One year is what I wanted. I still like the bike, but at my age, it’s better to take it year to year. When this contract is over, I will be 36.”
A heavy shoulder injury at Paris-Nice knocked Boonen out of the spring classics, and he did not want to end his career without one more run across the cobblestones.
With more than 100 wins on his palmares, including 12 classics victories, Boonen is hoping to leave behind health problems and crashes that have hampered his success the past few seasons. His last major classics wins came in the 2012 season, when he won Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and Paris-Roubaix.
The announcement also sets the stage for a final showdown with classics rival Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), who has hinted that 2016 will be the final season of his career.