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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) has been ruled out of the Eneco Tour because of a perineum cyst, his team announced on Tuesday.
It’s the latest setback for the Belgian, who has won six stages at the Eneco Tour during his career.
In January, Boonen crashed during a mountain bike ride and was hospitalized with an elbow infection. Two months later, he crashed in both Ghent-Wevelgem and Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and withdrew from each race.
It was later revealed that he had broken a rib in the Flanders crash, which kept him out of Paris-Roubaix.
“I’m really disappointed,” Boonen said in a team press release. “I really like the Eneco Tour and it’s too bad I can’t be at the starting line, but right now it’s essential that I take the proper time to heal from this cyst, which is preventing me from training consistently and which I don’t want to underestimate.
“I have to say 2013 has definitely not been my year. Now the goal is to get better and get back to the races in the month of September, even though as things are now we can’t really set any definite date for a return.”
The Eneco Tour races through the Netherlands and Belgium from August 12-18.