REVIEW: Boonen wins Paris-Roubaix after solo ride of more than 50km

CYCLING – On Sunday, Tom Boonen won Paris–Roubaix for the fourth time. The Belgian rider equalled his compatriot Roger De Vlaeminck for most wins in this race. Last week, Tom Boonen equalled the record for most wins in Ronde van Vlaanderen (3).> Boonen also won the ‘double’ (Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix) in 2005, making him the first person to win the double twice.

> Boonen reached the podium in Paris-Roubaix for the sixth time, only De Vlaeminck (9) and Francesco Moser (7) have more.

> The average speed of Boonen was 43.5 km/h. This is the fourth fastest in this race and the fastest since Peter Post set the record in 1964.

> This was the eighth time a Belgian rider won Paris-Roubaix this century. Switzerland have two, Netherlands, Australia and Sweden have one win since 2000.

> Boonen had a solo ride of more than 50km to the finish. The last time a rider had a successful solo ride this long was by Andrei Tchmil in 1994. Watch here for Italian commentary and here for Dutch commentary on that race in 1994.


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