A legendary classic race of the International calendar, the Paris – Bruxelles, renamed Brussels Cycling Classic, saw today a great final sprint won by the Belgian Tom Boonen, at his second win in this race.
Between the Astana Pro Team, we had in the Dutch Lars Boom the man for the attacks in the final and in the Italian Andrea Guardini the man for the bunch sprint.
“In reason of the fact that there were not many ‘big’ sprinters in the bunch, I’ve tried to escape at 20 km to go – explained Lars Boom after the finish – there was a bit of confusion and nobody knew who would have worked to keep the bunch ‘closed’ until the sprint, so there has been some attacks and I attacked also…”.
“Then unfortunately there was not a great collaboration between the attackers, even because with a flat final like this it was so important to save some energies for the sprint – continued Boom – then we were catched back, I helped a bit my team mate Guardini to stay at the front and I gave up in the final chaotic kms.”
On the other hand, our sprinter Andrea Guardini didn’t find the right way to sprint at the best in the last km: “There was a great confusion and probably I hadn’t had my best legs to do a great sprint – said Guardini – in the final straight I’ve tried to keep the ‘right wheel’ but it wasn’t enough to gain the top ten.”