September 19, 2014
BRUSSELS (AP) - A lawyer for Tom Boonen says they will make their case to get the cyclist reinstated to the Tour de France at a court hearing near Paris on Thursday.
Jean-Louis Dupont, lawyer for Boonen's Quick Step team, said in a statement Tuesday they "hoped for a court injunction" by Friday or early next week to ensure Boonen could ride in the Tour.
Boonen was barred by race organizers after the Belgian tested positive for cocaine for the second time in less than a year.
The cyclist and his team decided to take action after the ASO organization, which owns the Tour, banned him last week. The international cycling federation has taken no action, saying the second test was during a resting period between races.
The Tour de France begins July 4.
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