Tour de France 2018: Chris Froome jeered at pre-race event

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

Tour organisers ASO had made a decision to ban Froome from the race but the world anti-doping agency and the International Cycling Union delivered a long-awaited verdict on a September 2017 test of the Briton that cleared the 33-year-old's name.

The four-time Tour de France victor tested positive for excessive levels of salbutamol during last year's Vuelta a Espana but the World Anti-Doping Agency concluded Froome's results did not constitute an adverse analytical finding.

Colombian Gaviria held off world champion Peter Sagan to become the first man to win his debut stage of a Tour since Fabian Cancellara in 2004, but it was another 51 seconds before Froome crossed the line.

"But really I can't make a prediction about how it's going to go".

That was despite French rider Romain Bardet calling for fans to show Froome and Sky respect.

"I just raced the Giro in May with the Salbutamol thing hanging over me and nothing happened there", he said.

"In terms of safety I obviously would encourage fans of the sport to come watch the race, and if you are not necessarily a Chris Froome fan or a Sky fan, come to the race and put a jersey on of another team you do support".

"I'm still an asthmatic, that hasn't changed", Froome told Sky Sports News.

Chris Froome maintained his innocence during a UCI investigation into a doping sample, impressing Dave Brailsford in the process.

Geraint Thomas was also in the front group, the only Team Sky rider not to lose time on the day.

"We knew Chris was innocent from the start and it was terrible the way this information that should never have been released was leaked". When asked about the evidence that proved him to have done no wrongdoing, Froome added that "most of the information is already out there".

"It's also important to respect all the riders, including Chris Froome - he is a former Tour victor and a serious contender for the next title".

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