Yesterday was judgement day for Tom Boonen when the ASO managment decided to not allow him to start the TdF. ASO seems to continue the quest for a cleaner image for the cyclingsport. After Patrick Lefevere, the Quickstep teamboss, told that it would be war if Tornado Tom wasn’t allowed to start the TdF, they have made their decision and it’s …..WAR. Whatever that means. Aso has banned stars like Chippo before. They don’t like to be pressured and that might have been a big mistake of Mr Lefevere.
Although according the latest lab test Tom didn’t take the cocaine himself, the decision is made and it’s going to very expensive for the Quickstep team. I wouldn’t like to be in Tom’s shoes for the moment.
Should a cyclist be punished on a professional level for mistakes he makes in his private time or should we leave that up to the judges in court?