November 26, 2014
BRUSSELS (AP) - Tom Boonen's Quick Step team says the Belgian cyclist has tested positive for cocaine for a second time.
Quick Step spokesman Alessandro Tegner said his team was informed Saturday about the result of the test, reportedly taken 12 days after Boonen won the Paris-Roubaix classic for the third time on April 12.
Last year, Boonen tested positive for cocaine in an out-of-competition test and missed the Tour de France. A Belgian court dropped criminal charges in February against Boonen, who apologized to his fans but never confirmed or denied he had taken the drug.
Penalties for possession in Belgium can vary from three months to five years in jail, along with fines of up to $155,000.