July 14, 2005
Boonen withdraws from Tour
Green jersey Tom Boonen is pulling out of the Tour, suffering from a back that was already hurting and a knee injured in a last-straw fall early on Stage 11 Wednesday.
Boonen looked well-placed to take the green jersey all the way to Paris. His withdrawal puts Thor Hushovd in the lead in the Tour's points competition, 19 points ahead of Stuart O'Grady.
"I tried to go on the rollers on Thursday morning but it was too much I couldn't even walk," he said...
Boonen, who claimed the Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders earlier this year, burst a blood vessel under his kneecap in Wednesday's crash and had 80 centiltres of blood drawn from his knee on Thursday morning.
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