Tom Boonen celebrates his second Paris-Roubaix win

Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen is due to have his case for inclusion in the Tour de France heard in a Paris court on Thursday.

Tour de France organiser Amaury Sport Organisation had stated that Boonen was not welcome to take part in the race after testing positive for cocaine twice in the past year.

Although no formal sanction has been brought against the Quick Step star, ASO feel he has brought the sport into disrepute.

Boonen and Quick Step feel that he should be included in the race, and that ASO has no right to exclude him since no formal suspension has been put in place.

Boonen's lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont is hoping for a court injunction to enable the rider to be on the Tour de France start line in Monaco on July 4.

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