Sunday, April 12, 2009
Today the capacity crowd in the old Roubaix banked-track velodrome stood and cheered as local favorite, Tom Boonen entered the stadium alone and rode the traditional lap and half to the finish line. It was Boonen's third Roubaix victory and his second in a row. George Hincapie placed something like 6,947th. A guy stuck a microphone in his face and asked if this would be his last Paris Roubaix. The beaten down Hincapie hesitated, thought a bit, then replied, "No, I'm coming back next year. I can't let it end this way." As a young man he placed as high as second. Trying to win this, "the only race the matters", eventually tends to consume them.