July 22, 2014
MONACO (AP) - A lawyer for Belgian sprint star Tom Boonen says the rider will be allowed to compete in the Tour de France after winning his appeal of a ban for a positive cocaine test.
Lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont said by phone that the French Olympic committee's arbitration panel handed down the decision Friday - a day before the Tour is set to start in Monaco.
Tour organizers had banned Boonen after he tested positive for cocaine in April - his second positive test in less than a year.
Cycling's governing body, UCI, decided not to take action against him because the test came during a rest period between races.