Boonen free to ride in Tour de France

Tom Boonen, Allan Davis, Tour de France 2009 team presentation

Just two hours before the official Tour de France entry list closes, Tom Boonen (Quick Step) has been told he can ride in this year's race following a decision by the French Arbitration for Sport (Chambre arbitrale du sport du CNOSF).

The Tour de France organisers did not want Boonen in their race after he tested positive for cocaine for a second time in two years in April. However, the test was done out of competition and so cannot be used to ban an athlete from competition.

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