“Golden Greg” has gone up a level since his Olympic win but they don’t seem close.
There are even several Tom Boonen songs, take your pick from folk to rock to trance.
If all goes to plan and he can avoid injury along the way then in 50 days’ time Tom Boonen will be on the eve of Paris-Roubaix and retirement, pinning on his last set of numbers.
He’ll be missed by many, especially the Belgian media and the Quick Step team who lose their totemic rider.
Since then, he racked up two more triumphs, each memorable in its own way, joining the elite club of riders who took three victories at the race which many consider to be the most difficult in the world.
"I had a little bit of misfortune in February, crashing and then being sick, but that was the only setback.
The 34-year-old Belgian Champion, who will be making his first outing at Ronde van Vlaanderen since 2012, is brimming with confidence ahead of his 25th career start in a Monument.
Legendary Belgian champion Tom Boonen set his retirement date as April 9.
But as soon as the 2017 season began the eulogies were coming in.
On the cobbles, nobody, not even his legendary rival Fabian Cancellara, could match him.
Twice he managed to score an elusive Tour of Flanders-Paris–Roubaix double in the same year, but he also equaled the record for victories in both of these cycling monuments, winning Flanders three times and Roubaix four times.