Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Froome whistled and booed at Tour de France presentation

Britain's Chris Froome has been cleared of any anti-doping violation by the International Cycling Union 2018 Tour de France -- Chris Froome and team Sky booed at race presentation
Sidney Guerrero | 12 July, 2018, 21:39

"It wasn't even technically an "AAF" (adverse analytical finding) and few people understood this subtle difference".

That announcement only hardened anti-Team Sky and anti-Froome sentiment in some quarters, however, with numerous opinion that money and expensive lawyers had won the day rather than justice. In past editions, he has been spit on and urine has been thrown at him during the race. "Of course it has been damaging. Now I just want to draw a line in the sand and move on".

Froome raced under the cloud of the ongoing investigation at the Giro d'Italia in May, but put it to one side as he staged a remarkable comeback in the final week to win the pink jersey, meaning he now holds all three Grand Tour titles.

Freshly cleared of doping, the Team Sky rider was booed at by the crowd at the Tour teams presentation on Thursday. "But I'd also like to think that now the facts have been established people can make up their own minds".

"This situation has been his worst nightmare but throughout he has maintained his dignity and maintained his performance, winning the Giro and coming here to try to win the double", he said.

" "I can understand ASO's position", Froome told a packed press conference in a local sports hall that was used instead of the team hotel when around 150 journalists showed up".

Too early to take positives for proud England boss Southgate
Thank you to every one of you who have been there each step of the way! The support at each game has been incredible. Defender Kyle Walker tweeted that he had "never felt so gutted" but said he wanted people to remain positive.

"So it is with a little bit of extra pride that I'm part of this team leading into this Tour".

"Support the race in a positive way, don't bring negativity", he said on Wednesday in western France. The online advocates for violence have called for actions against the rider, despite having been cleared by the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency for the Salbutamol case.

The British team had released a series of documents to the BBC two days after Froome's case was dropped by WADA, showing the rider's calorie consumption as well as his power output on key stages.

"Winning any race by lying would for me be a personal defeat", Kenyan-born Froome, 33, wrote in the French newspaper that first revealed he had returned an abnormal result in a doping test during the Tour of Spain in September.

Froome, who is aiming to win a record-equalling fifth Tour, insisted he was not anxious by the backlash at Sky's pre-race media event on Wednesday. "It's something I've never done before so it's completely unknown to me".

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