LUCA, Italy (VN) – Last year’s runner-up Tom Boonen will lead Quick Step into Milan-San Remo Saturday. The Belgian said Wednesday that he has recovered from the flu that held him back at Tirreno-Adriatico last week.
Boonen didn’t feature in any of the finales at the traditional sharpener for the first one-day monument of the year. “The Milan-San-Remo is a strange race that’s always tough to predict,” said Boonen, “and this is part of what makes it so compelling. In this race you can never know what’s going to happen.”
Joining Boonen at the start will be Tirreno king of the mountains Davide Malacarne and the always animating Sylvain Chavanel.
“At the Tirreno-Adriatico we got to check out which riders are in top form,” said Boonen. “Personally, I feel better than when the Tirreno-Adriatico started. I recovered well from the flu that left me weak in the first days of the race. I’m not 100 percent but I’m growing. I’m ready to ride a good race.”
Boonen said he would take advantage of his lowest profile entering la Primavera in years. “Compared to last year, I’m not starting out as a favorite and this can be an advantage,” he said.
Quick Step for Milan-San Remo
Marco Bandiera (ITA)
Tom Boonen (BEL)
Sylvain Chavanel (FRA)
Davide Malacarne (ITA)
Jerome Pineau (FRA)
Francesco Reda (ITA)
Niki Terpstra (NED)
Kevin Van Impe (BEL)
Director: Davide Bramati (ITA)