Prof. since: 2002
Style of rider: Cobblestone specialist, sprinter
Nickname: Tornado Tom
Hobbies: Car driving
Favourite race: Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix
Personal website: www.tomboonen.com
Twitter name: @tomboonen1
The 2012 season was one of the best ever for the rider who symbolizes the cobbled classics. Tornado Tom took no less than 14 victories, including the obvious high mark at the Ronde van Vlaanderen — which he won for the third time on an all-new route — and his fourth success in Paris-Roubaix. Consistency was the Belgian champion's secret weapon. He started winning in January in Argentina and finished off in September by helping the team clinch the World Championship TTT, a success that Tom defines as "one of the most exciting in my career." For Tom, 2013 could be another record-breaking year. A fourth victory at the Ronde or a fifth win in Roubaix would make him the rider with the most wins ever in these hugely popular races, and he would be able to rightly claim a place among the cycling legends. "I will face these races with the same serenity and determination as always," says Tom. "If victory should be mine, great — if not, it won't be that big a deal. During the season there will also be other targets to aim for. What's important is to remain a major player and not have any regrets after crossing the finish line."
2nd stage Uniqa Classic and Kermesse Wilrijk
3rd stage Tour of Belgium
2nd stage Tour of Qatar, 1st stage Ruta del Sol, E3-Prijs Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem, Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen, 1st stage, 2nd stage Tour de Picardie and overall Tour de Picardie, 2nd stage Tour of Belgium, 2nd and 7th stage Deutschland Tour, Prologue and 1stage Ster ElektroToer, 6th and 20th stage Tour de France, Nacht van Peer, Draai van de Kaai - Roosendaal, Antwerpen Derny, Mijl van Mares, Omloop Mandel-Leie-Schelde, 3rd stage Tour of England, GP Rik Van Steenbergen, 3rd and 4th stage Circuit Franco-Belge.
1st and 2nd stage Tour of Qatar, 1st and 2nd stage Paris-Nice, E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix , Ronde de Made, 2nd stage Tour de Picardie, 1st stage, 2nd stage and overall Tour of Belgium, 2nd and 3rd stage Tour de France, Diksmuide, Acht van Chaam, Herentals, Dernyspektakel Antwerpen, World road champion and Amstel Curacao Race.
Doha International GP, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th stage and overall Tour of Qatar, 5th stage Vuelta a Andalucia – Ruta del Sol, 1st, 2nd and 4th stage Paris-Nice, E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen, 2nd stage and part B 3rd stage Tour of Belgium, Veenendaal-Veenendaal, 1st stage Tour de Suisse, Diksmuide, 2nd, 4th and 6th stage Eneco Tour, 6th stage Tour of Britain and Zele.
2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th stage Tour of Qatar, 4th stage Vuelta Andalucia – Ruta del Sol, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Dwars door Vlaanderen, E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, 5th and 6th stage Tour of Belgium, 6th and 12th stage Tour de France and Criterium Meisse-Wolvertem.
2nd, 3rd, 6th stage and overall Tour of Qatar, 2nd stage Tour of California, Paris-Roubaix, 5th stage Tour of Belgium, 3rd stage Ster Elektrotoer, 7th stage Tour of Austria, 1st stage Tour de Region Wallonne, Lommel, 1st and 4th stage Eneco Tour, 3rd and 16th stage Vuelta a España and 1st stage Circuit Franco-Belge.
Stage 3 and overall Tour of Qatar, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Paris-Roubaix, Belgian Championships, Stage 3 Eneco Tour and Stage 3 Circuit Franco-Belge.
Stage 3 and 5 Tour of Qatar, Stage 5 Tour of Oman, Stage 2 Tirreno-Adriatico
Stage 1 Tour of Qatar, Gent-Wevelgem
7th stage Tour de San Luis, 1st stage Tour of Qatar, 4th stage Tour of Qatar, overall Tour of Qatar, 2nd stage Paris-Nice, E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem, Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix, Belgian National Championship, 1st stage World Ports Classic and World Ports Classic overall, Paris-Brussel, TTT World Championship
2000: US Postal (from 01/09)
2002: US Postal
2003: Quick Step-Davitamon
2004: Quick Step-Davitamon
2005: Quick Step-Innergetic
2006: Quick Step-Innergetic
2007: Quick Step-Innergetic
2008: Team Quick Step
2009: Team Quick Step
2010: Team Quick Step
2011: Team Quick Step
2012: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider and Czech cyclocross champion Zdenek Stybar won the Boonen & Friends charity cyclocross today. Just like last year he was on the top of the podium flanked by Maarten Wynants (2nd) and Pieter Vanspeybrouck (3rd).
Tom Boonen will be forced to sit out the rest of what has already been an unfortunate 2013 season.
Bad news for Tom Boonen: After having to sit out the Tour of Denmark, the champion from team OPQS will also have to miss the Eneco Tour scheduled from August 12th to the 18th, due to a bothersome perineum cyst that is being treated with an anti inflammatory therapy. There is still no definite determination as to when Boonen will be able to return to competition.