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Boonen remains upbeat

After being beaten for the fourth time by Alessandro Petacchi in the Vuelta, Tom Boonen may leave the Vuelta with no wins to his name, but the young Belgian isn't about to throw in the towel: "I still feel good," he said after Stage 12 yesterday.

Analysing the finish, he remarked: "I sat too far off Petacchi going into the last corner, and although [Rik] Verbrugghe did a fantastic job leading out the sprint, I was a little too far off Petacchi's wheel to have a real chance."

As for his Vuelta so far, Boonen said: "I'm finally starting to feel good again. The opening days of this race were good, but then after Tuesday I became a little disillusioned as I was keen to do well, but the results didn't come." As one of the favourites for the world championships in Madrid later this month, he may already have his mind elsewhere.

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