Tom Boonen (Etixx Quickstep) wins stage 3 - Eneco Tour. Photo from Etixx Quickstep

Tom Boonen (Etixx Quickstep) wil be looking for his 5th victory at Paris-Roubaix. Photo from Etixx Quickstep

With a career spanning 15 years in professional cycling, some call him a veteran, but make no mistake, he is still a revered champion.

Come this Sunday in Paris, Tom Boonen in fact will be feared, on the pave towards Roubaix, where cobblestones have been known to take down many great men on bicycles. The Etixx-Quickstep rider has won the bone-jostling, teeth-clenching race known as Paris-Roubaix over 4 times already, yet he loves it so much, he wants a fifth.

Injury, has failed to set Boonen back in his quest for a fifth Roubaix title. And with his return to the cobbles close at hand, Specialized followed him to give you a behind-the-scenes look at his preparation for Roubaix and to gain insight as to what still motivates this most legendary of Classics specialists.

With four wins at Paris-Roubaix, Tom Boonen resides in an extremely selective club, consisting of only himself and Roger De Vlaeminck.

Watch this video to gain perspective on his preparations and motivations ahead of the race, courtesy of Specialized.

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