Seventeen for Boonen, looking good for the Tour

For some it is a curse, but for Tom Boonen it has been a talisman. The wearer of the Rainbow Jersey of world champion today sprinted to his seventeenth win of the season in Berne, taking an early lead in the Tour of Switzerland in the process. Boonen landed fourteen big victories in the whole of 2005, yet in less than six months racing, he has already surpassed that total. On the evidence of today, more wins this week and in next month's Tour de France are quite easy to envisage.

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