Boonen was not arrested but the winner of this years
Paris - Roubaix was interrogated by investigators. Spokesperson
of the state prosecution of Turnhout, Inge Delissen did not want to comment Boonen's interrogation. Delissen said: "We don't
give information about the content of his statements."
Delissen explained why the state prosecution of
Turnhout starved an investigation. Quickstep informed the magistrat of Gent about the positive test, a normal procedure in
Belgium. "The state prosecution of Turnhout then started an investigation for suspected position of cocain by Tom Boonen,"
The Belgian Cycling Federation (KBWB) said it can't
ban Boonen for his positive test. WADA and UCI rules say that athletes can't be banned for using recreational drugs in times
they are out of competition. Boonen did not race for several weeks as he was tested and his first race was three days after
his positive test.
"That's how the rules are," president of the Belgian
Cycling federation, Laurent De Backer told sporza.be. However De Backer says Boonen could be banned from next months Tour
de France. "It could very well be that they refuse Boonen," De Backer said. "Race organiser ASO earlier refused the Astana
team"“ De Backer concluded with: "You have to see this in the right zeitgeist. If you put everybody who uses cocain
on the 'Grote Markt' [Market sqaure, editor] in Brussels it wouldn't be big enough. In the old days they sometimes drunk to
much, nowadays they take drugs."
Boonen's preparation for the Tour is already in
danger. UCI spokesperson Enrico Carpani confirmed that Boonen can't be banned. Caprapni told sporza.be: "The same positive
result one day for competition would have meant a ban." Carpani explained: "Its not about an UCI test, but one from the Flemish
community and those controls are under the jurisdiction of WADA. According to their.. and our.. rules are three days before
competition equal with 'out of competition'." If its up to the UCI Boonen can start next Saturday's Tour de Suisse, but race
organiser Armin Meier says the Belgian rider will not start. "There is absolutely no chance that Boonen will start here,"
Boonen is planning to start at tomorrows Veenendaal
– Veendaal (Netherlands). But its unclear if Quickstep will allow him to start. The Belgian Pro-Tour team did not give
an official reaktion yet. Quickstep's spokesperson Alessandro Tegner said: "We are putting all elements where our rider is
confronted with together. We ask the media a little more time to think about it. We will give our point of view after a solid
evaluation." A reaction from the Quickstep team is expected later today or tomorrow.