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Tour de France blocks Froome from taking part

LanguedocLiving, Jul 1

The Tour de France organisers have officially blocked Chris Froome from taking part in the 2018 Tour de France, which is due to start next Saturday, 7 July.

Team Sky are appealing the decision to the National Olympic Committee of French Sport, a report in Le Monde said, with a hearing due on Tuesday morning. A decision will be made the following day, just three days before the start in Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile, in the Vendee region, on July 7.

Froome is fighting to clear his name after a test for AAF, an asthma related drug at last year’s Vuelta a Espana, which he won. Salbutamol is a specified substance rather than a banned substance, meaning a rider is allowed to take it up to a threshold of 1000 ng/ml.

He vehemently denies any wrongdoing and said last week that he felt he had done nothing wrong and therefore had “every right” to ride the Tour.

 

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