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Tom Boonen will line up Wednesday for the 97th Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen before heading to the beach

Tom Boonen is holding off his vacation for another few days.   The recently crowned Paris-Roubaix champion will line up Wednesday for 97th Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen before heading to the beach.   The Quick Step captain will be going for his third crown in the mid-week semi-classic, considered the final chapter for riders specializing in the northern classics before putting an end to their early season racing schedule.[nid:90514]  

Boonen at a news conference Tuesday.

Boonen at a news conference Tuesday.

Photo: AFP

Tom Boonen is holding off his vacation for another few days.
 
The recently crowned Paris-Roubaix champion will line up Wednesday for 97th Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen before heading to the beach.
 
The Quick Step captain will be going for his third crown in the mid-week semi-classic, considered the final chapter for riders specializing in the northern classics before putting an end to their early season racing schedule.

Boonen started his celebration a bit too early last year at Scheldeprijs.

Boonen started his celebration a bit too early last year at Scheldeprijs.

Photo: AFP

 
Last year, Boonen was pipped at the line by Mark Cavendish (Columbia-Highroad) with a finish-line bike stab when Boonen had his arms up in celebration.
 
Cavendish isn’t expected to race, however, opening the door for Boonen to try to complete the hat-trick.
 
Also lining up for Quick Step will be Steven De Jongh, who is coming back from injury suffered at the Tour of Qatar.
 
“Usually, this race represents the end of a road of racing after Flanders and Roubaix,” De Jongh said. “This time for me it marks the beginning of a new program to get back into competition.”
 
Skipping the race will be Tour of Flanders winner Stijn Devolder, who is still suffering consequences from his fall at Roubaix on Sunday, the team announced Wednesday.

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