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Tom Boonen is rushed to hospital, doping charges against Vasseur are dropped, Cunego ends as number

Tom Boonen is rushed to hospital, doping charges against Vasseur are dropped, Cunego ends as number
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Quick Step sprinter Tom Boonen underwent an operation on Monday morning to deal with a congenital intestinal anomaly that saw him rushed to hospital in the Belgian town of Mol on Friday with severe abdominal pain. According to his mother, the 24-year-old was initially believed to have suffered an intestinal blockage thought to be caused by food poisoning of some kind. Boonen had been scheduled to compete in an event on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao this coming weekend, but will not be released from hospital before then. It is not yet clear whether the problem is related to the stomach-related illness that forced Boonen to quit the world championship road event in Verona two weeks ago. Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefvre has other problems as well as he is taking his Davitamon co-sponsor to court to demand the money that he says they have not paid since June. Davitamon is part of the Omega Pharma group that has been granted a Pro Tour licence after joining with Lotto. Lefvre has covered payments to his riders via his own company. * All charges of doping laid against Cdric Vasseur have been dropped after his lawyers showed a Versailles court of appeal that the statements he is believed to have made were in fact falsified. The charges stemmed from the Nanterre-based inquiry in which David Millar, Philippe Gaumont and six others are still implicated. Vasseur, 33, denied all charges of dope taking and claimed his statement and signature had been forged during the Nanterre investigation. Vasseur was also prevented from taking part in the Tour de France because he was involved in a doping investigation. Vassuer's lawyer, Bertrand Wambeke, described the verdict as "a great victory" for someone "who should never have been investigated. Cdric Vasseur has been completely absolved." * Damiano Cunego confirmed his world number one status in Sunday's Japan Cup, even though he was beaten by another of the peloton's promising riders for the title. Victory went to Deutschland Tour winner Patrik Sinkewitz, who celebrated his 24th birthday last Wednesday. The race took place on the Utsunomiya course that hosted the 1990 world road championship. Sinkewitz finished a second clear of Cunego, who ended the season as the sport's youngest ever rider to top the world rankings. 1 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step-Davitamon 151km in 4.01.30 (37.52kph) 2 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Saeco 0.01 3 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Lampre 0.44 4 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Saeco 0.46 5 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Saeco 0.48 6 Bram Tankink (Hol) Quick Step 1.59 7 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre 8 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Saunier Duval 2.00 9 Juan Jos Cobo (Spa) Saunier Duval 2.10 10 Tomoya Kano (Jap) Shimano Racing 2.13
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