The Ancient Historian

Ancient history, mountaineering, cycling and other outside adventures

Tommeke takes 107th “La Pascale”

Tom Boonen (Belgium) won the 107th Paris-Roubaix, “la Pascale” as it’s called since it is often run on Easter Sunday, in great style. I thought he might win Flanders last week, but he had to defend Stijn Devolder’s breakaway. And Roubaix was a great race too; in the last few KM’s, he looked like Merckx roaring down the road, looking incredibly strong. I mean, my god, even on the track in Roubaix, with no one near him, he was hammering. I rode with Tom on a ride out to the coast during a training ride for Quickstep before last year’s Tour Of Calfornia, and I know how strong he really is. Bike racing at its best, in the hardest one day race in the world, or is it the second hardest ;-)?. Now he must win Flanders again to match, and his 3-3 victory salute will be most impressive indeed. He joins good company in Eddy Merckx, Rik van Looy,  Johan Museeuw in winning Paris-Roubaix for a third time.

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