Boonen Will Race in Tour de France

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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.