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Boonen makes it two in one day for Quick-Step

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Cycling News
Published:
February 22, 2007, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 19:53 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for February 22, 2007
Tom Boonen (Quick.Step)

Tom Boonen (Quick.Step)

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While his Quick-Step teammate Gert Steegmans was winning in Portugal, Tom Boonen was making his...

While his Quick-Step teammate Gert Steegmans was winning in Portugal, Tom Boonen was making his fifth trip to the top step of the podium this year - this time at Stage 4 of the Vuelta Andalucia. Boonen beat out Italian Danilo Napolitano of the Lampre Team and Spaniard Oscar Freire of the Rabobank Team at the end of a 179.5 km day.

"This is the first sprint that I have taken part in this week and I won it," Boonen said. "Over the past days, a few things stopped me taking part in the final sprints--first of all due to a puncture during the final, then a few stomach problems during yesterday's stage. It appears that the small problem with my back is getting better. Normally I'm not that fond of low-speed sprints like today's. I prefer faster sprints. Winning a sprint with the characteristics of today's confirms that I am in excellent form.

"Napolitano launched the sprint and Freire and I followed closely. I caught-up with and overtook him going on to win the race. I am very pleased."

The 53rd Vuelta Andalucia finishes Thursday with the fifth stage from Ecija to Antequera. To see full results from Wednesday's stage, click here.

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