Chris Froome: I have every right to race the Tour de France

Podium hostesses stand on either side of Chris Froome on the final Tour de France podium

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) has said he will "definitely" be at the start of the Tour de France in the Vendée region next week, insisting he has every right to compete in this year's race while he awaits a decision in his drawn out salbutamol case. Froome will be targeting a record-equaling fifth Tour de France victory and is also hoping to complete a rare Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double after winning the Italian Grand Tour last month. UCI president David Lappartient, several of his key rivals and five-time Tour winner Bernard Hinault, have all suggested that Froome should avoid racing until his case reaches a final verdict. However, because salbutamol is considered a specified substance, the UCI rules allow him to race while the case is ongoing. As he completed his final training at altitude in the Alps, Froome reiterated that he understands the importance of the ...

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