Boonen Joins Pantheon of the Greats
Pro cyclist Tom Boonen, a Belgian sprint specialist, has been banned from the 2008 Tour de France for cocaine use. Boonen joins the ranks of such great athletes as Daryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Michael Irvin and Kevin Stevens (who actually got busted with $500 of crack and a hooker, but we’ll count it) just to name a few.
Boonen apologized for his behavior at a press conference this week. His recent exploits also include drunk driving and speeding, which resulted in a loss of driving privileges (but thankfully no accidents or injuries). Boonen was also ratted out by cyclocross racer Tom Vanoppen, who claims the speedster provided him with cocaine.
As a show of confidence and support, the QuickStep team has renewed Boonen’s contract for another three years. Perhaps their directeur sportif, Dirk Demol, is hoping for a cocaine-fueled run of success like the 1986 Mets enjoyed. If nothing else, Boonen will have extra time this summer to spend with his 16-year-old girlfriend, Sophie Van Vliet.