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Chris Froome (Team Sky) speaks to the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome and Team Sky assembled in front of journalists and photographers in what was a jam-packed official team press conference ahead of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France on Wednesday. Held just outside the Vendée town of Saint-Mars-la-Réorthe, Froome and team manager Dave Brailsford spoke to members of the media and addressed questions about Froome's recently-closed salbutamol case as well as the upcoming race set to begin on Saturday in Noirmoutier-en-L'Île. On Monday, the UCI, with advice from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), closed a ninth-month case against Froome, after the Briton had produced an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for salbutamol at the Vuelta a España last year. Froome is now clear to attempt to win a fifth Tour de France title, and a fourth consecutive Grand Tour after he won last year's Tour and Vuelta, and the Giro d'Italia in May. Tour de France organisers ASO ...

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