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Tom Boonen to Miss Tour de France 2010

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06/25/2010| 0 comments
by AP, with additional commentary by Roadcycling.com
Tom Boonen (Team QuickStep). Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Tom Boonen (Team QuickStep). Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Tom Boonen to Miss Tour de France 2010

The Quick Step team says former world champion Tom Boonen will miss the Tour de France 2010 next month due to tendinitis around his left kneecap.

The Quick Step team says former world champion Tom Boonen will miss the Tour de France 2010 next month due to tendinitis around his left kneecap.

The 29-year-old Belgian sprint specialist says he is "very sad" that he'll miss the Tour de France and the Belgian national championship because of persistent pain from a crash injury during the Tour of California last month.

Boonen is one of Belgium's best-known sports stars. The Tour de France crosses Belgium this year.

Boonen has been one of the world's best sprinters and classics riders. He has won a total of six Tour de France stages and in 2007 took home the green jersey awarded to the race's best sprinter.

Tom Boonen's reputation suffered a blow when he tested positive for cocaine in a doping test conducted in 2009.

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