Chris Froome maintains plans to treat asthma at Tour de France

Jose Verdugo
Julio 11, 2018

"Now I just want to draw a line in the sand and move on", the 33-year-old told a news conference.

Throughout the process Froome maintained his innocence and the UCI and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) exonerated him on Monday, stating the results did not show any adverse analytical finding. To win the Giro [d'Italia] and come here for the double is exceptional.

Froome won the Giro d'Italia in May while the investigation was still going on, and the Tour organisers had sought to block his registration prior to the long-awaited verdict.

"Doing the Tour de France and the Vuelta (a Espana) previous year taught me an incredible amount about how to manage my training..."

"I just raced the Giro in May with the Salbutamol thing hanging over me, and nothing happened there", Froome added. "But I'd also like to think that now the facts have been established people can make up their own minds".

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Following the closure of the case, UCI president David Lappartient said it was important Froome is allowed to compete at the Tour without confrontation.

"My advice to anyone who doesn't like Chris Froome or doesn't like Sky is to come and watch the race with some other shirt, of someone you do like, and support the Tour in that way". Froome's team director Dave Brailsford said Sky was used to operating in a tense atmosphere and slammed the way the information about the rider's test for Salbutamol was leaked.

"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. He won the Giro under those conditions", he said.

Geraint Thomas was also in the front group, the only Team Sky rider not to lose time on the day. "We have to focus on our race".

Froome will line up for Saturday's opening stage in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile as the defending champion and seeking a record-equalling fifth title.

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