Tom Boonen did not start today’s stage of the Tour de France to Verbier, complaining of stomach problems.

“After yesterday’s stage, in the evening I wasn’t feeling well,” said Boonen. “Last night, around three in the morning, I had to get out of bed. I started to throw up  and sleep was no longer an option.”

“I wanted to start [today] but even on the way from the hotel I kept throwing up and I’ve got the fever. I had no energy and I couldn’t eat. I’m really sad that I have to leave the Tour and the team in this way, but I just couldn’t go on. It’s probably the same virus I came down with a few days from the beginning of the Tour in Monaco.”

The move compounded Boonen’s miserable Tour, one in which he has barely been visible. His best result was on stage 11 to Saint-Fargeau, and even then he could only manage 16th. 

All this after the former green jersey winner had taken race organiser ASO to court in order for him to start. 

ASO had originally said that the Belgain would not be welcome at their race after he tested positive for cocaine in an out of competition drugs test earlier this spring. 

But Boonen challenged the decision in the French courts, eventually winning and being given the all-clear to ride just one day before the start in Monaco on July 4.

He had been replaced by team-mate Allan Davis for the team presentation on the Thursday before the race, and the team may now be wishing they had kept the Australian in the starting line up.


Tour de France 2009 – the hub: Index to reports, photos, previews and more.


Stage 15: Contador wins in Verbier as Tour explodes into life

Stage 14: Ivanov wins as Nocentini clings onto yellow

Stage 13: Haussler braves rain for victory in Colmar

Stage 12: Sorensen wins in Vittel as Cavendish goes for green

Stage 11: Cavendish takes fourth win to equal Hoban’s record

Stage 10: Cavendish spoils Bastille Day party to take third stage win

Stage nine: Third French win as contenders content with ceasefire

stage eight: Sanchez wins from break as Tour favourites cancel each other out

Stage seven: Feillu wins at Arcalis, Nocentini takes yellow, Contador leap-frogs Lance

Stage six: Millar’s brave bid denied on Barcelona hill as Hushovd triumphs

Stage five: Voeckler survives chase to win his first Tour stage

Stage four: Astana on top but Armstrong misses yellow by hundredths of a second

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Stage three: Cavendish wins second stage as Armstrong distances Contador

Stage two: Cavendish takes first sprint

Stage one: Cancellara wins opening time trial


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Arvesen out of Tour with fractured collarbone

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Mark Cavendish on the Tour’s team time trial

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Mark Cavendish on the Tour

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Stage 12 photo gallery by Graham Watson

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Stage 10 photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage nine photo gallery by Graham Watson

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Stage seven photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage six photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage five photo gallery by Graham Watson

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Stage three photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage two photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage one photo gallery by Andy Jones

Stage one photo gallery by Graham Watson

Team presentation by Andy Jones

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  • manu gonzalez c.

    boonen is the best, it’s a pitty can not see him on the competition