Chris Froome should not be listed with cycling greats, says Bernard Hinault

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• Hinault criticises Team Sky rider after Giro d’Italia win
• Team Sky hit back, calling for fairness over Froome

Bernard Hinault has launched a stinging attack on Chris Froome, claiming the Team Sky rider should never have been on the Giro d’Italia start line owing to his anti‑doping battle.

Froome joined Hinault and Eddy Merckx by becoming the third man in history to win three consecutive grand tour titles. The 32-year-old executed an extraordinary comeback to win the Giro d’Italia and add to his Tour de France and Vuelta a España victories from last year. Hinault claims Froome’s name should not be uttered alongside his own. “Froome does not belong on that list,” the 63-year-old Frenchman said, according to the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws. “He should never have been allowed to start in the Giro. Why do we have to wait so long for a verdict? With what right does Froome get so much time to find an explanation? Is it because Sky has so much money?”

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Written by Martha Kelner
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/29/chris-froome-cycling-bernard-hinault-giro-ditalia under the title “Chris Froome should not be listed with cycling greats, says Bernard Hinault”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.