Luca Paolini Gets Hit With A 18-Month Doping Ban For Cocaine

Lausanne, April 13, 2016 - Italian cyclist Luca Paolini was on Wednesday banned for 18 months after testing positive for cocaine at last year's Tour de France, cycling's ruling body the UCI announced. The suspension relates to the 39-year-old's failed dope test for the recreational drug on July 7 2015 which triggered his sacking by Katusha. The UCI said Paolini was "guilty of a … [Read more...]

Italian Rider Luca Paolini Tests Positive For Cocaine

Foug√®res, France, July 10, 2015 (AFP) - Italian rider Luca Paolini has failed a doping test at the Tour de France, his Katusha team said Friday. The 38-year-old tested positive for cocaine, which is not banned out of competition but is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of doping substances in competition. Katusha spokesman Philippe Maertens told AFP the team had found out … [Read more...]

Mattia Gavazzi Tests Positive For Cocaine

HUY, Belgium, April 21, 2010 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Mattia Gavazzi of the CSF team tested positive for cocaine following a test at the end of March and has been provisionally suspended, an official source said Wednesday. Gavazzi, 26, tested positive on March 31 during the Week of Lombardy. He can now request a B test in line with regulations. Gavazzi is the son of Pierino Gavazzi, … [Read more...]

Boonen To Pay Fine And Cocaine Charges Dropped

Top Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen has been told that all criminal charges relating to his use of cocaine will be dropped if he pays a 1000 euro fine, the public prosecutor in Turnhout said Wednesday. The court said if Boonen, a former world champion and Tour de France stage winner who is a specialist in the Belgian one-day classics, paid the fine the case would be closed. "We consider … [Read more...]

Boonen Gets Shock 11th Hour Tour Reprieve

MONACO, July 3, 2009 (AFP) - Belgian cycling star Tom Boonen has been granted a shock eleventh hour reprieve to compete in the Tour de France which starts here Saturday, his team confirmed. Quick Step's former world road race champion had been barred from the Tour by organizers following a positive test for cocaine in April, but was cleared to race in a ruling given by the Court of … [Read more...]

Boonen To Face No Criminal Charges Over Cocaine Use

BRUSSELS, June 20, 2009 (AFP) - Belgian cycling star Tom Boonen has escaped the threat of criminal charges from a first positive test for cocaine, in May 2008, despite a second positive test in April, local media claimed Saturday. However the former world champion and winner of the sprinters' green jersey at the Tour de France could still face charges relating to a second positive test for … [Read more...]

Boonen Banned From Tour, But UCI Takes No Action

PARIS, June 18, 2009 (AFP) - Belgian cycling star Tom Boonen has been banned from competing in the Tour de France following his positive drug test for cocaine, organizers ASO (Amaury Sport Organization) announced on Thursday. The 28-year-old Quick Step rider tested positive for cocaine in April, less than a year after he first tested positive for the drug in May 2008. "In the wake of … [Read more...]

Boonen “Didn’t Ingest Cocaine” – Experts Say

BRUSSELS, June 18, 2009 (AFP) - Belgian star Tom Boonen seemingly did not ingest cocaine, the substance for which he tested positive six weeks ago for the second time in a year, Belgian media Thursday quoted a panel of independent experts as saying. The panel based their conclusion on the small quantity of the substance found in the Belgian racer's hair samples examined by the Belgian … [Read more...]

Boonen Could Still Make Tour de France, Says UCI’s Pat McQuaid

BRUSSELS, May 27, 2009 (AFP) - Belgian rider Tom Boonen could still take part in the Tour de France despite his recent positive test for cocaine, according to Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union (UCI). "There is no reason to ban Tom Boonen from the Tour. From the point of view of sporting regulations, nothing can stop Boonen. He has committed no fault in his capacity as … [Read more...]

Belgians Blast The UCI Decision To Sanction Tom Boonen Over Cocaine

BRUSSELS, May 14, 2009 (AFP) - Belgian cycling federation president Laurent De Backer has hit out at the president of world cycling, Pat McQuaid, following the International Cycling Union's (UCI) decision to sanction Tom Boonen. Belgian star Boonen, who recently claimed a third victory in the prestigious Paris-Roubaix one-day classic, tested positive for cocaine in April - less than a year … [Read more...]