Tom Boonen: It's not always easy to find things to say when you win awards
Dec 07 2017 07:21 pm CET

Tom Boonen: It's not always easy to find things to say when you win awards
Tom Boonen: It's not always easy to find things to say when you win awards
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GREG VAN AVERMAET
TOM BOONEN

Former rider Tom Boonen understands why it may be getting increasingly difficult for Greg Van Avermaet to come up with things to say during award ceremonies.

Boonen was one of the presenters of the Belgian cycling awards on Wednesday, but realizes that such trophies are only of relative importance, most of all if you win regularly.

"It's not always easy to find something to say," he jokingly told Sporza. "After a while it even starts to get a bit annoying. It's not that you don't value the recognition, because you do, but that's not what you aim for as a cyclist.

"You live from race to race, from classic to classic, and then other people decide whether you get a trophy based on your merits. I didn't give it too much importance.

"So as a rider, you don't have much to say about it then. You say that it's nice, and you mean it, but I don't think Van Avermaet does it for the awards either."

Boonen won the Kristallen Fiets (crystal bike) in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012. Van Avermaet just added a fourth consecutive win, having dominated the awards since 2014.
Photo of Tom Boonen (cropped) © BrakeThrough Media





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