Lappartient says UCI were not pressured by ASO attempt to block Chris Froome from Tour de France

Guess who's back: Chris Froome (Team Sky) puts his troubled Giro behind him and starts to turn thing

UCI president David Lappartient has denied any link between the governing body’s decision to clear Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) when it did and ASO’s attempt at preventing the defending champion from riding the Tour de France. Lappartient had previously stated that it was unlikely that the Froome case would be resolved ahead of the Tour, and that the UCI themselves could not do anything to prevent him from racing. However, it emerged over the weekend that the Tour de France organiser was seeking to stop Froome from riding, utilising their own regulations. A day later, confirmation came from the UCI that Froome’s salbutamol case had been dropped. “I know that this can be the feeling of many fans and stakeholders of cycling because we had a statement and the day after we have another statement. But, in fact, there is no link between these two facts,” Lappartient said ...

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