Tom Boonen Update
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Tom Boonen did not take the start of the Stage 7 ITT at Tour de Suisse on Friday.
Boonen suffered a crash while training on the Ardennes, on the Monday prior to Tour de Suisse (June 9th). He landed on the right side of his body and the crash caused a hematoma on his right hip. In the last days he was unable to maintain good position on the bike and there was also pain on his right knee. Boonen went home today, and he passed further examinations at the Herentals clinic in the afternoon. Boonen was diagnosed with blood and liquid collection on the trochanter area of his right hip that required a local evacuation. The Belgian rider will have to respect a few days of rest before he resumes training.
"It's a shame, especially because I am sad I can't be there to help Tony Martin defend his leader's jersey at Tour de Suisse," Boonen said. "He has been a real fighter and has also helped his teammates when they've had opportunities. I wish I could help return the favor in the last days. But, I think it's a wise decision to stop now and recover. I couldn't continue like this, the pain was becoming more intense day-by-day. I wish to the team, and Tony, all the best for the end of Tour de Suisse."