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Boonen's operation goes well

World Champion Tom Boonen (Quick.Step) underwent surgery on his intestine at the Mol hospital in Belgium on Wednesday. Doctor Ceulemans and his team of medics started the operation at 7 o'clock this morning. The operation lasted half an hour and was completed without any complications. Boonen will remain in hospital for the following 24 hours and will be discharged on Thursday afternoon.

"The operation went well," the World Champion said. "Doctor Ceulemans told me that I will have to rest for the next two weeks and that I must be careful not to gain weight. That said, he mentioned that I will be allowed to do some fitness work in order to keep myself in shape. I'll be making the most of this forced rest period to recover energy after a very long and intense season."

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