Belgium’s 2005 world road race champion Tom Boonen, injured after crashing on Wednesday, quit the Tour de France during Friday’s seventh stage. The 30-year-old was one of five Quick Step riders to hit the deck in the fifth-stage run to Cap Frehel as strong winds and narrow roads took their toll, leaving him with scrapes all down his right side.
Boonen got off his bike 127 kilometers from the finish on Friday and climbed into his sporting director’s car. After his mid-week accident he had said he had been hoping to make it to Monday’s rest day. He retires placed 167th in the overall standings, almost 19 minutes behind leader Thor Hushovd.
Boonen, who has a contract until 2013 with Quick Step, was bidding to add to his six stage career wins in the Tour and attempting to regain the points winners green jersey he won in 2007.