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"I'm hoping for a good day. I think on Sunday I'll be there. Paris-Roubaix is a different race. The 1% of safety that I keep in mind is gone. Sunday is all in."

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09.04.2016 @ 12:50 Posted by Joseph Doherty

Tom Boonen has said that tomorrow’s Paris-Roubaix has as much chance of being his last as it does not being his last. He was speaking to media at the Omega Pharma headquarters in Gent.


"There's an equal chance it will be that it will be my last and that it won't be my last," he said.


Boonen says he and his teammates are relaxed as they have had a good spring and have just been unlucky. The only real disappointment is that they didn’t win Flanders.


"I'm more relaxed now because everything that needed to be done is done. I'm really happy the ways things went in the last few weeks," he said. "A victory in Flanders would have been better. We didn't win but the team is very strong, we're a good group. I'm at the start of Paris-Roubaix with no real injuries and that's a long time since that happened."


Boonen says this is the race he has trained all winter for and come Sunday, he is all in for a fifth cobblestone trophy.


"It's the one day I've been waiting for since I started training again this winter," he confirmed. "I knew that every day was necessary to be in the best possible shape. I'm really happy with the condition I have and pretty confident that I'll be at the best level possible for this moment for me. Let's see if it's good enough.”


"I'm hoping for a good day, like everybody. Other years when I was pretty good at Flanders, you know where you are. Flanders was a good day for me, I felt pretty good at the finish. I was just a little too far back before the Kwaremont and lost a few fights for position but my legs were good, so I think on Sunday I'll be there. Paris-Roubaix is a different race, the speed you hit the cobbles is different, and so we'll see. My sensations are totally different for Paris-Roubaix and that the 1% of safety that I keep in mind is gone. Sunday is all in."


Boonen says he isn’t thinking about a record fifth win, he is just focusing on contesting the final, which he has only done once since his last win here in 2012.


"Records aren't anything special," he claimed. "I often get asked about but when you win a race few times, there is always a chance of a record. Now it's the same thing. I'm not really thinking about a record but I'm just happy to have another shot at the win. I've only had a shot at Paris-Roubaix once since 2012, in 2014 when Nikki Terpstra won. In 2013 and 2015 I missed it, so I'm happy to be here."




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