01 July, 2009

Allan Davis' Tour is in Doubt

Allan who? Australia's Herald Sun newspaper wants you to know that it is currently undecided whether or not their homeboy will ride the Tour. To them, this is big news.

Davis, despite his relative anonymity, is currently ranked fifth in the international cycling rankings. Pretty good; for most teams, having a sprinter that good should be enough to guarantee a ride in Le Grande Boucle. But he has the luck of being on the same team with Tom Boonen, one of the most famous cyclists in the world, a wearer of the green jersey, winner of several Tour de France stages, and a national hero in his native Belgium.

Relevance? For most of the world, the headline would read Tom Boonen's Tour In Doubt. Boonen again tested positive for cocaine in an out-of-competition test, which makes him a felon to Belgian law, but still clear to race. Sort of. The Tour doesn't want a cokehead in the Tour. But the cycling federation, Boonen and Davis' Quick Step team, and all of Belgium wants him in. Davis only rides if Boonen is banned.

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