Tom Dumoulin: 'If they suspend Froome after he starts the Giro, that would be the worst solution'

The defending Giro champion hopes the lingering salbutamol case can be resolved before taking to the start line with Chris Froome in May

Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) battle it out in the final metres of stage nine of the Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Giro d'Italia defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) says that it would be the "worst possible solution" if Chris Froome starts in the 2018 edition this May and then receives a suspension after racing to win.

The Dutchman won the 2017 edition ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), and is lining up in the Abu Dhabi Tour start on Wednesday to begin his 2018 campaign and building towards a Giro defence.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.