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.
Boonen set to appeal against Tour de France ban
Boonen barred from 2009 Tour de France
Thank you for reading 10 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
Flying Dutchwoman: Lorena Wiebes on pressure, winning at the Tour de France, and leaving DSM
The SD Worx rider won 22 races in 2022, including two stages at the Tour de France Femmes and a clean sweep at the RideLondon Classique. She told Adam Becket how she did it
By Adam Becket • Published
CW Live: Bolton Equities Black Spoke share images of new Pinarello Dogma
All the cycling news you need this Friday
By Tom Thewlis • Published