Le Monde: Chris Froome banned from Tour de France by ASO
Jul 01 2018 12:04 pm CET

Le Monde: Chris Froome banned from Tour de France by ASO
Le Monde: Chris Froome banned from Tour de France by ASO
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French newspaper Le Monde reports that Chris Froome won't be allowed to take part in the upcoming Tour de France. It adds that Team Sky has appealed.

Froome's planned participation was controversial as the Briton's salbutamol case remains ongoing. Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) had already expressed its concern at the rider's presence in the Tour as it could damage the race's reputation, as has happened too often in the past.

Le Monde claims to have received information from a source close to the case, explaining that the organizers have forbidden Team Sky to select Froome for the event as they want to "protect its image".

According to UCI rules, Froome is allowed to race despite the adverse finding, according to which the rider took twice the allowed amount of salbutamol in the last Vuelta a España, which he ended up winning.

But ASO rules indicate that the organizer reserves the right to refuse participation of a team or any of its members whose presence would damage the reputation of ASO or the event.

Team Sky has reportedly appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), although with only six days to go until the start of the race there will be little time for the court to properly process the appeal.




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