Quickstep team manager Patrick Lefevere spoke with Belgian daily news 'De Morgen'
about the positive test of its star rider Tom Boonen and the way the media are handling the case. Last month Boonen was tested
positive for cocaine.
Lefevere said: "I thought a lot about it and I don't find an explanation. I also can't say much. I don't want to harm his
"But maybe the standards have changed," Lefevere said. "At the time I was 15, I smoked a cigarette, that was a mortal sin.
The current generation is smoking weed and if they are grown-ups they try cocaine."
"But would an addict be able to win Paris - Roubaix?" Boonen already had negative headlines before he tested positive.
"But those facts were assaulted as well," Lefevere claimed. "Tom received a complaint for high speed and drunk driving."
Lefevere continued: "He sat in a wheelchair for three hours to play with children who suffer a muscle disease. After that
he went to eat something with his manager, Paul De Geyter and drank a few glasses."
"The newspaper said 0,1 percent.
Wrong, it was 0,075. He did drink, but not what they published." Lefevere seems to be annoyed about the Belgian media. "And
he drove to fast, but 120 and not 180 kilometres per hour," Lefevere said.
"What do you want?" , asked Lefevere the journalist of 'De Morgen'. "Should Boonen be send on the stake or should he be
publicly lashed?", Lefevere added.
Lefevere don't want to compare Boonen with Frank Vandenbroucke. "Boonen did not race with a French team and was never late
at an appointment. VDB came into trouble after he left us. I have read Frank's book and I didn't even know a couple of things."
"Museeuw? That is a different case. Read all my interviews. I said: I hope he will not race one year too much. Museeuw
has fallen on his head, I mean literally [Museeuw had an accident with his motorbike, editor] and after that I saw a change
in his character. All three of them [Boonen, VDB and Museeuw, editor]thought they were untouchable."