Tom Boonen 2008

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), has just announced that Belgian Tom Boonen will be allowed to start this year's Tour de France.

Tour de France organiser Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) had previously said Boonen, winner of this year's Paris-Roubaix classic, would not be welcome at the Tour after he tested positive for cocaine in an out-of-competition test this April. But at today's press conference, where the UCI and French Anti-Doping Authority are presenting the anti-doping measures to be carried out during this year's race, they said the Belgian could ride.

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