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Boonen getting better

Tom Boonen's fourth place finish in yesterday's Vuelta a España sixth stage was his best sprint finish in the race so far, and the ambitious sprinter was satisfied with his placing.

"It was a messy sprint because of the wind," he told the Belgian website Sportwereld. "Three teams were working but were all blown away. It was impossible to control things. I chose the wheel of Allan Davis, but they came from all sides. And when a few 'kamikaze riders' came up, it was all over. It went too fast, and I couldn't do anything. However, I am very satisfied with my last 50 metres."

Race director Victor Cordero has picked the Quick.Step-Innergetic rider to win today, though. The race "goes right by the headquarters of the firm Innergetic," he noted yesterday evening.

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