Shoulder injury rules Boonen out for spring classics

A shoulder joint dislocation sustained in a fall during the first stage of the Paris-Nice cycle race has ruled the Fleming Tom Boonen out for the rest of this season’s spring classics. After Monday’s fall Boonen was diagnosed with a left acromioclavicular (AC) joint dislocation in his shoulder by doctors at the hospital in the town of Blois, around 190km southwest of Paris.

Meanwhile, Boonen’s Etixx-Quick-Step team has announced that his recovery will take at least three to six weeks. This rules the cyclist from Antwerp province out of this year’s Tour of Flanders Paris-Roubaix.

“An AC-joint dislocation, as we’ve already seen with other riders of the team with the same kind of injury, requires an extended time of recovery due to the nature of the injury,” Etixx-Quick-Step doctor Yvan van Mol said in a team statement.

“Tomorrow, Tom will undergo further examination in Belgium to diagnose the grade of the dislocation and determine if surgery is necessary based on the grade”, Dr Van Mol added.