July 19, 2009
Boonen exits after lackluster Tour
2007 green jersey Tom Boonen withdrew from the Tour today, with only poor placings in this year's Tour and only one likely sprint stage (Stage 21 next Sunday) remaining.
Boonen, the 2005 world champion, has been seen off the back of the field for mechanicals more this year than he's been seen in the front of the field preparing for the sprint. His best finish was 16th in Stage 11.
The reigning Belgian champion, Boonen announced yesterday that he would ride the Vuelta a España in September.
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