BRUSSELS (AFP) ─ Belgian Tom Boonen has reached a deal that would extend his contract with the Quick Step team for the next two seasons.The team announced Wednesday that the 30-year-old Boonen has extended his contract through the 2013 season, with an option to sign on for an additional year through 2014.
Boonen, a three-time winner of Paris-Roubaix, two-time winner of the Tour of Flanders and world champion in 2005 is key part of Quick Step said team manager Patrick Lefevere.
“Tom has been with us since the team was formed in 2003,” said Lefevere, noting how pleased he was that Boonen had opted to stay with the team.
According to Belgian media reports Lefevere’s dream is to lure Belgium’s other cycling star Philippe Gilbert – winner of the Amstel Gold, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège one day classics this campaign – to the team for next season.
Boonen ─ who has sullied his record by twice testing positive for cocaine ─ is due to spearhead the team’s Tour de France challenge when it gets underway on July 2 as he bids to add to his six stage wins in the race and attempt to regain the points winners green jersey he won in 2007.