Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step) has crashed out of the Eneco Tour on Stage 4 and was taken to hospital for medical checks.
The Classics legend fell after the 50km mark of Thursday’s 202km stage over the cobbles in Belgium, with Etixx team manager Patrick Lefevere confirming that his team were not prepared to let Boonen continue as he was feeling dazed.
“Tom was eating when his wheel hit a pothole and he crashed. Since my rider felt dazed it was immediately decided to take him to hospital for further tests,” Lefevere said.
The 2005 UCI road race world champion is expected to be Belgium’s best hope of a result at the Worlds in Doha next month and his possible participation is reportedly not in doubt after initial tests showed no fractures.
Etixx-Quick Step said in a press release: “Fortunately, the cervical X-ray he underwent at the St. Vincentius Hospital in Deinze didn’t reveal any injury, so Tom – winner of three races this season – was cleared by the doctors to go home, where he is to rest until the end of the week, before returning to training.”
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