Astana confirm Lars Boom will start Tour de France

Astana boss Alexander Vinokourov confirmed on Saturday morning that Lars Boom would start the 2015 Tour de France

Lars Boom leds an escape on stage one of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

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Astana have confirmed that Lars Boom will start the Tour de France on Saturday afternoon, despite the Dutchman returning a low level of cortisol in a test on Friday.

Under the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) rules, of which Astana are a voluntary member, riders who show too low a level of cortisol should not be allowed to start the race.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).