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Gallery: Tom Boonen to ride special edition Specialized Venge Vias at the Classics

Jack Elton-Walters
24 Feb 2017

The bike will be available to buy in limited numbers after the Classics

Specialized has produced a limited edition Venge Vias for Tom Boonen, which he will debut at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this weekend. The bike will be sold in small numbers at Specialized dealers following the 2017 Classics season, which will mark the end of Boonen's career.

The top tube carries a four wing feather tip design, which the manufacturer says represents Boonen's four wins at Paris-Roubaix.

'Specialized approached me as they wanted to do a special edition bike for my last pro season, I said yes and I’m really proud and happy of what they have done.' Boonen said.

'The guardian angel on the top tube will help protect me during this spring and with the "Heroes get remembered, but legends never die" quote, I’m excited to kick off the Classics season with this outstanding bike,' the Belgian added.

The philosophical phrase is written on the seat tube of the bike where Boonen can be reminded of it when he goes to take a bottle.

Specialized says, 'this sentence recognises Boonen's legendary status in the sport and how it will live on for eternity after his retirement.'

Something a fifth Paris-Roubaix cobble could confirm.

All photos: Brakethrough Media