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Boone of Belgium pulls out of Tour de France

Updated: July 08, 2011, 09:32


Tom Boonen of Belgium waits to take the start of the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 218 kilometers (135.5 miles) starting in Le Mans and finishing in Chateauroux, central France, Friday July 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

CHATEAUROUX, France (AP) Former world champion Tom Boonen of Belgium has pulled out from the Tour de France after he failed to recover from injuries he suffered in a crash this week.

Boonen quit 55 miles into the seventh stage Friday between Le Mans and Chateauroux.

Boonen won the best sprinter's green jersey in 2007. He crashed Wednesday and finished more than 13 minutes behind the main pack.

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