Froome free to defend Tour after being cleared of doping violation

Chris Froome- Chris Froome cleared to defend Tour de France after salbutamol case dropped by UCI

Chris Froome- Chris Froome cleared to defend Tour de France after salbutamol case dropped by UCI

Chris Froome will be free to participate in the Tour de France after cycling's governing body (UCI) dropped a doping case against the Englishman.

The Kenyan-born Briton said in a statement published by Team Sky that he "never doubted the case would be dismissed for the simple reason I have known throughout that I have done nothing wrong". "It means we can all move on and focus on the Tour de France", said Brailsford.

"I take my leadership position within the sport seriously and I wouldn't want to tarnish it so this is a huge victory to have this behind me".

When corrected to account for dehydration, using an adjustment calculation Wada made effective from 1 March for ongoing cases, Team Sky said this level came down to 19% over the "decision limit" of 1,200 ng/ml, which accounts for any measurement error. "We can't wait to get racing again and help Chris win it for a record-equalling fifth time".

FILE - This Wednesday, July 19, 2017 file picture shows Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, as he follows his Sky teammates as they set the pace when climbing Croix de Fer pass during the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 183 kilometers (113.7 miles) with start in La Mure and finish in Serre-Chevalier, France, Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Froome is looking to join Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain, Jacques Anquetil and Hinault as a record five-time Tour victor.

Held on the same day - Sunday, July 15 - as the World Cup soccer final, the road to Roubaix takes riders over 15 treacherous cobblestone sections: the highest number since the 1980 Tour, covering almost 22 kilometers (13.7 miles) altogether.

This was due to Froome being able to explain that the salbutamol in his urine sample was from the substance being inhaled and that amount being within the 'permissible maximum dose of 1600 mcg/24 hours, not to exceed 800 mcg per 12 hours'. "So be it. He will be on the starting line because the UCI and WADA finally gave an answer". "Obviously the rules need to be changed, when there is an adverse analytical finding a rider should be provisionally suspended", he said.

In a detailed statement, WADA said it would not appeal the UCI decision and insisted that a controlled pharmacokinetic study - used to prove the abnormal result was the outcome of the use of the therapeutic dose - "would not have been practicable as it would not have been possible to adequately recreate the unique circumstances that preceded the September 7 doping control".

The UCI has considered all the relevant evidence in detail (in consultation with its own experts and experts from WADA).

"In light of WADA's unparalleled access to information and authorship of the salbutamol regime, the UCI has decided, based on WADA's position, to close the proceedings against Mr Froome", the UCI statement read.

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