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Boonen wins Tour of Austria finale

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
July 14, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 19:27 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, July 14, 2008
Boonen celebrates his win

Boonen celebrates his win

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Team Quick Step's Tom Boonen won the final 128.5km stage of the Tour of Austria from Podersdorf am...

Rohregger captures overall

Team Quick Step's Tom Boonen won the final 128.5km stage of the Tour of Austria from Podersdorf am Neusiedler See to Vienna. In a sprint to the line, he defeated Roberto Ferrari (Team LPR) and Renè Weissinger (Team Volksbank) across the finish line. Boonen brought Team Quick Step its second stage win of the race after Paolo Bettini claimed stage one.

Thomas Rohregger (Elk Haus - Simplon) finished safely in the peloton 30th for the day and became the 19th Austrian to capture the overall win.

"I am really pleased with this victory," said Boonen. "I really like to leave my mark when I compete in stage races. Vienna is a remarkable and beautiful city and I wanted to win here. I won already in several capitals like Paris, London, Brussels."

Crediting his team-mates for their work, Boonen said, "We had quite an unusual formation for the sprint in respect to the normal 'train' that launches my sprints. They did a great job leaving me just 150 metres from the finish line."

"My programme has been calculated as a function of Vuelta a España and races that follow it," said Boonen. "I have to say, though, that I'm on reasonable form, something that enables me to be competitive.

Boonen is looking forward to a short break before he resumes racing. "My next race will be the Tour de Wallonie - so I'll have also a bit more time over these next few days to watch the Tour and support my team-mates."

Boonen is not racing the Tour de France this year following a positive out of competition test for cocaine in the weeks before the French Grand Tour.

See Cyclingnews' full coverage of the Tour of Austria's final stage.

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