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Chris Froome and Dave Brailsford defiant as Team Sky rider returns

15 Febrero 2018

Cycling's international governing body (UCI) still has to make a ruling on the case and has asked Froome to explain why twice the allowed limit showed up in his sample.

There is no mandatory ban in this type of case and riders usually respond in private, but UCI president David Lappartient has said Team Sky should suspend Froome until the case is resolved.

Martin's view was shared by Philippe Gilbert, who said that Froome should respect his fellow riders and not race while the investigation was ongoing.

Chris Froome promised to prove his innocence as he spoke in public today for the first time since it was revealed that he had returned an adverse finding in a drug test conducted last year. "Let's hope it doesn't get that far, but I'm still allowed to race now - so yeah, I don't see why not". Froome was able to sign some autographs, answer a few questions and ride off into the sunshine.

"They were all racing in the meantime until they got to the end of their processes. No one wants this resolved more fast than I do", added the 32-year-old Briton.

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After speaking to press, Froome then rolled out for the start of the first stage of the Ruta del Sol, a lumpy 197.6km stage from Mijas to Granada.

Froome's return received some criticism from riders, a little skepticism from the few fans there and a couple of tough questions from reporters; at the Grand Tours all that will be magnified a hundred fold.

For now Froome rides in the Spanish sunshine, but there is a heavy cloud hanging over him which will become a damaging storm as his case drags on.

"On balance I think it's the right thing to do; for Chris to continue, and us to work in the background to support him and demonstrate there's been no wrongdoing". Whatever the future verdict, Froome can expect to be the center of intense attention, from the media, the fans and cycling professionals in his first race since the news of his test result.

"Nobody is denying it's not a challenging situation but equally it's only fair at this point that everybody abides by the process and the process totally allows somebody to race". Sky has not yet submitted the scientific evidence which might justify Froome's abnormal sample.

Chris Froome and Dave Brailsford defiant as Team Sky rider returns