Boonen won the National Championship for the first time in his career!
Tom Boonen won his first Belgian national road title Sunday in Aywaille, in a group sprint. The controversial Quick Step sprinter beat Philippe Gilbert and Kristof Goddaert.
A group of 17 got away early on the rolling course, but were unable to stay until the end. Silence-Lotto sent Dries Devenyns and Kevin De Weert, but they, too, were caught with 25 km to go. On the final climb, Gilbert tried to get away, but even with the support of two teammates was unable to hold his lead. A large group sprinted for the finish line, with former World Champion Boonen taking the win.
"Today I wasn't among the top favourites, and I knew that in order to win a race like this one I had to be having a great day and not make any mistakes. I did it!" said Boonen.
"This is a small disappointment," said Gilbert. "I made no mistakes in the sprint. I was beaten by one of the best in the peloton."