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Maertens to hospital

Ex-top pro Freddy Maertens was taken to hospital on Tuesday during the post-Tour criterium at Diksmuide. Maertens, who had raced the previous evening in Aalst, felt unwell in the heat and experienced heart rate disturbances. Doctors examined him and determined that it wasn't serious, so Maertens was allowed to leave hospital later that day.

World champion Tom Boonen won the criterium in a two man sprint from Robbie McEwen.

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