Tom Boonen

Tom Boonen has been barred from riding this year's Tour de France by the event's organisers as a result of his second positive test for cocaine within the last 12 months.

In a statement issued today, Tour organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) said "Following Tom Boonen's recent test, after a first test in 2008, the Tour de France, after meeting Quick Step team representatives, can only state that the image and behavior of Tom Boonen do not match the Tour de France's image or the one that should be promoted by such an exceptional champion."

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