Chris Froome eager to ‘move on to bike racing again’ at Tour de France

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• ASO moved to ban Froome from race before doping clearance
• ‘I’m extremely grateful that all the facts have been established’

Chris Froome, cleared by the UCI on Monday of any doping infraction, admitted he is keen to put the race promoters’ move to ban him from racing in this year’s Tour de France behind him as he prepares to defend his title, with the race starting on Saturday.

“I can understand the decisions the promoters [ASO] took,” Froome said. “But I’m drawing a line in the sand here and focusing on the three weeks ahead.” Froome also described the nine-month process surrounding his adverse analytical finding, that ultimately led to him being cleared of wrongdoing by the sport’s governing body, as “damaging”.

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Written by Jeremy Whittle in La Roche sur Yon
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