The Big Issue

Boonen was impressive during the spring Classics. Not as strong as Cancellara, but definitely a clear second best. It is three years since he won the green jersey. If 2008 was disastrous because he missed the Tour, 2009 was worse because he was there but only in body. If Boonen is on song, and capable of winning a stage and challenging for the green jersey, everything will be fine. Chavanel suffered a bad injury and if he's not fit, Quick Step may not even have a fallback option.

© STAR RIDERS

V \ TOM BOONEN

TOUR BEST: won green jersey in 2007, stage wins in 2004 (2), 2005 (2), 2007

DISTINGUISHING FEATURE:

colourful private life HE'S THE ONE WHO: likes fast sprints, fast cars and fast women (allegedly). Took a thrashing from Cancellara at the Classics. Will probably take a thrashing from Cav.

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