Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Cocaine charges against Belgian rider Tom Boonan dropped

A Belgian court has ruled that one of the country's biggest cycling stars, Tom Boonen, will not face criminal charges relating to a positive test for cocaine.
Boonen, a former world champion and winner of Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, tested positive for the recreational drug in an out-of-competition test in May 2008.
The 28-year-old escaped a sports sanction because the test was not held under the auspices of a sport body, however his team, Quick Step, were forced to pull him off their Tour de France squad after race organisers expressed grave concerns.
But on Tuesday a tribunal in Turnhout in the north of the country accepted Boonen's lawyers' pleas to drop all criminal charges in return for him accepting he had been guilty in the affair.

I'm still waiting for word on how that whole thing with the 17 year old girlfriend, Sophie Van Vliet came out though.

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