Madiot praises ASO for barring Chris Froome from the Tour de France

Marc Madiot has won this race as a rider and a team boss

Groupama-FDJ boss Marc Madiot has praised Tour de France organisers ASO after the French race organiser put in place steps to stop Chris Froome (Team Sky) from defending his race title. According to reports in Le Monde, ASO sent an email to Team Sky in which they stated that Froome would not be welcome or accepted at the Tour, which starts in a week. Froome recently stated that he has every right to race, and according to the UCI's own rules the British rider can carry on competing even while his 2017 Vuelta a Espana salbutamol case drags on. However, ASO also have the right to withhold participation in their own events. ASO has cited article 28 of its rules, which "expressly reserves the right to refuse participation in - or to exclude from - the event, a team or any of its members whose presence would be such as ...

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