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Boonen agrees to DNA testing

By:
Monika Prell
Published:
February 23, 2007, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:13 BST
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Latest Cycling News for February 23, 2007

2005 world road race champion Tom Boonen has signed an agreement with his Quick Step team to undergo...

2005 world road race champion Tom Boonen has signed an agreement with his Quick Step team to undergo DNA testing should he ever be involved in a doping investigation. Contrary to some of his colleagues, especially Italian Paolo Bettini, the Belgian star sprinter is not opposed to the new regulation the ProTour teams imposed on themselves after the various doping scandals that hit cycling last year.

"I'm all for it," Boonen told Sportwereld. "All the Belgians in our team have signed the paper. I don't know if Bettini did, too, but I find that this is a personal matter. If ever there is an affair, the DNA profile can help - more we cannot do. I find it much more difficult to report exactly where and when I will be so that they can control us out of competition. It's not easy to predict things like that all the time."

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