Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: What the critics say

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

In Memory of Jean-Karim Fall, 1958-2017

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Bad diplomacy, brawls & bromance

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Pitch Perfect's Brittany Snow becomes an urban warrior

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

The battle against illegal fishing in West Africa

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Trump has already quit the Paris climate deal - just not publicly

Read more

#TECH 24

The Ice Memory Project: A treasure trove for future scientists

Read more

Belgian Tom Boonen withdraws before 15th stage

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-19

Tom Boonen has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of the 15th stage because of sickness. The Belgian rider and former world champion was admitted to the Tour despite failing an out-of-competition dope test for cocaine in April.

REUTERS - Former world champion Tom Boonen has pulled out of the Tour de France before the 15th stage, organisers said on Sunday.

Boonen, 28, had been ill all night. The sprinter had not made an impact on the race and was 79th in the competition for the green points jersey, which he won in 2007.

The Belgian champion, who failed an out-of-competition dope test for cocaine in April, was only allowed on to the Tour after a French arbitration court ruled in his favour on the eve of the race.

 

Date created : 2009-07-19

COMMENT(S)