Tom Boonen

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Tom Boonen Road cycling
Tom Boonen (2015)
Tom Boonen (2015)
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Nickname Tommeke
Date of birth October 15, 1980
nation BelgiumBelgium Belgium
discipline Street
Driver type Classic driver
Team (s)
US Postal Service
Quick Step
Most important successes
Last updated: July 13, 2014

Tom Boonen (born October 15, 1980 in Mol ) is a former Belgian cyclist . He was one of the most successful classic drivers of his generation and won three times at the Tour of Flanders , four times at Paris-Roubaix and once at the road world championships . He won six sprint stages in the Tour de France and the green jersey once .


After Boonen won the U23 edition of the classic Paris – Tours in 2000 , he turned pro in 2001 with the US Postal Service team . His breakthrough came at Paris-Roubaix in 2002, where the then only 21-year-old took third place. In 2004 Boonen was finally able to establish himself in the absolute world elite of cycling: In the spring he won a number of important Flemish one-day races, mostly in mass sprints, including the ProTour race Gent – ​​Wevelgem and the semi-classic E3 prizes Harelbeke and Scheldepreis .

In 2005, Boonen won a cycling monument for the first time with the Tour of Flanders , after he had left the top group of six a few kilometers from the finish. A week later Boonen was able to secure victory in the northern French "Queen of the Classics" Paris-Roubaix . As a result, at the age of just 24, he was the youngest driver since 1923 to achieve the prestigious cobblestone double, which Peter Van Petegem won in 2003, Roger De Vlaeminck in 1977 and Rik Van Looy in 1962. At the Tour de France 2005 he won the second and third stage in the mass sprint. At the end of the 2005 season he was finally road world champion in the sprint of a larger group of leaders in Madrid .

In the following years Boonen was able to repeat his successes in the classics: He won the Tour of Flanders in 2006 and 2012, Paris – Roubaix in 2008, 2009 and 2012, last year after a 53 km solo run. In 2012 he was the first driver to repeat the Double Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. In addition to these two monuments, he was the first driver ever to win the semi-classics E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem in one season. In all four races he caught up with the record holder according to the number of victories and he was the sole record winner of these races at the E3 Harelbeke Prize .

Boonen was also successful in stage races and was able to win numerous stages, especially in the sprint, and in particular four times the overall ranking of the Tour of Qatar . In the Tour de France he won a total of six stages. In 2006 he won the yellow jersey of the leader in the overall standings on stage three and wore it for four days before giving up exhausted due to breathing difficulties during the 15th stage to L'Alpe d'Huez . In 2007 he won the points classification of the Tour de France.

In October 2015, Tom Boonen fell on the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour and suffered a fracture of his temporal bone . At first it was feared that he would have to take a six-month break. However, he started training again in December 2015. However, he retained permanent hearing loss from his injury. At Paris – Roubaix 2016 he came second in the sprint of the five-man leading group.

After Boonen announced in November 2016 that he would end his cycling career after his participation in Paris-Roubaix 2017 , he achieved his last international success on the second stage of the Vuelta a San Juan 2017 and also became the first rider to win an international race bike with disc brakes . On his last Tour of Flanders he finished 37th after a defect. Then he finished 13th in the field of chasers at Paris – Roubaix.

Cocaine affairs

In June 2008 it was announced that Boonen had tested positive for cocaine before the Tour of Belgium . Since the positive test was taken more than three days before the start of the tour, it was not doping. However, Boonen faced criminal prosecution. As a result, the organizers of the Tour de Suisse 2008 and the Tour de France 2008 invited Boonen. Although Boonen apologized for wrongdoing, he denied conscious use of cocaine; during a visit to a bar, the drug was secretly mixed into his drink.

Just a few days after winning the classic Paris – Roubaix in 2009, Boonen tested positive for cocaine again and was suspended on May 9, 2009 by his Quick Step team. On June 18, 2009, it became known that, according to independent experts, Belgian Tom Boonen had not snorted the drug. A hair analysis at the University of Leuven showed that the amount was too small and that Boonen had not given the cocaine through his nose. According to the experts, there was only "indirect contact" with the drug. After the Amaury Sport Organization Boonen had refused the right to start the Tour de France 2009 , he enforced this before the sports court of the French Olympic Committee. In August 2009, Boonen was fined 1000 euros in criminal proceedings for repeated cocaine use.


Tom Boonen during the Tour de France 2005
Tom Boonen at the Criterium Herentals, 2006
Tom Bonnen wins Paris – Roubaix 2012
Paving stone for Tom Boonen as the winner of Paris-Roubaix



















Placements among the monuments of cycling

Monument to cycling 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Milan – Sanremo - 78 75 8th 4th 3 28 15th 2 28 22nd DNF - - 55 35
Tour of Flanders 24 25th 25th 1 1 12 17th 20th 2 4th 1 DNF 7th - 15th 37
Paris – Roubaix 3 24 9 1 2 6th 1 1 5 DNF 1 - 10 - 2 13
Liège – Bastogne – Liège - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Lombardy tour - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Legend: DNF: did not finish , abandoned or withdrawn from the race due to timeout.


Web links

Commons : Tom Boonen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Boonen triumphs - T-Mobile is great. on from April 3, 2005.
  2. Tom Boonen new world champion., September 25, 2005, accessed July 10, 2016 .
  3. Boonen collects for his own pavé., April 8, 2012, accessed July 10, 2016 .
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  5. ↑ Difficulty breathing - Boonen gets out. on from July 18, 2006.
  6. Tom Boonen: Hearing remains damaged after a fall in Abu Dhabi. In: December 29, 2015, accessed December 29, 2015 .
  7. Tom Boonen, the Belgian will be saying goodbye to Paris-Roubaix., November 28, 2016, accessed November 28, 2016 .
  8. Gaviria and Boonen successfully switch roles., January 25, 2017, accessed February 3, 2017 .
  9. Video: Boonen's defect bad luck on Taaienberg., April 2, 2017, accessed April 10, 2017 .
  10. Boonen: "I've done enough laps of honor"., April 10, 2017, accessed April 10, 2017 .
  11. Top sprinter Tom Boonen tested positive for cocaine. on from June 11, 2008.
  12. Boonen: Cocaine was mixed in drink. on from June 16, 2008.
  13. Quick Step suspends Tom Boonen. on from May 9, 2009.
  14. Drug got into the body through "indirect contact" Experts: Boonen did not sniff cocaine. on from June 18, 2009.
  15. Boonen wins against ASO. on from July 3, 2009.
  16. Boonen gets away with a € 1,000 fine. on from August 26, 2009.