Tom Boonen Ghent Wevelgem 2008
(Image credit: LUC CLAESSEN)

As could be expected, the as yet unconfirmed reports of Tom Boonen?s cocaine positive have been greeted with dismay and disappointment at the Dauphine Libere.

Chewing nervously on a plastic coffee stirrer stick, Quick Step directeur sportif Rick Van Slicke was clearly not happy to be the centre of attention of the journalists on the Dauphine at the start of stage two on Tuesday. But given the news from Belgium about Quick Step?s star rider, he could hardly not be.

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