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Boonen attributes Tour abandon to virus

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) is having the curse of the Belgian champion's jersey this Tour.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) is having the curse of the Belgian champion's jersey this Tour. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

Tom Boonen abandoned the Tour de France Sunday morning in Pontarlier due to the effects of a virus. He said it stayed with him since the start of the race, through 14 stages.

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