Boonen Appealing Cycling Ban

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PARIS (AP) - Banned Belgian rider Tom Boonen is appealing to French sports authorities for permission to ride in the Tour de France after a court said it didn't have jurisdiction in the case.

Boonen is seeking to overturn a ban by Tour organizers after he tested positive twice for cocaine in less than a year. The race starts Saturday.

Boonen's Quick Step team said in a statement Tuesday that they had sought a ruling from the French Arbitration Chamber for Sport, which falls under France's national Olympic committee.

Tour organizer ASO banned Boonen after he tested positive for cocaine use in April. Cycling's governing body, the UCI, decided not to take action against him because the test came during a rest period between races.