Chris Froome's absence from Tour Down Under "puzzling", says Brian Cookson

The British rider arrives in Australia just after the Tour Down Under finishes, something the UCI President thinks is an odd decision

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UCI President Brian Cookson has labelled Chris Froome’s decision to skip the Tour Down Under despite coming to Adelaide, South Australia as “puzzling”.

Froome is set to arrive in Australia on Monday, a day after the first WorldTour event of the season finishes for a training block under the guidance of Team Sky head of athlete performance Tim Kerrison.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.