Chris Froome reaffirms vow to start Tour de France as Bernard Hinault continues criticism

Bernard Hinault says Froome has no place at the Tour de France as the defending champion says he'll be on the start line on July 7

Chris Froome ahead of the 2018 Tirreno-Adriatico (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Chris Froome has hit back at critics like Bernard Hinault ahead of the 2018 Tour de France, saying: "I have every right to be racing."

Team Sky's Grand Tour star is dealing with an ongoing case from the Vuelta a España. On his way to winning last year, he tested twice for the allowed limit of asthma drug salbutamol.

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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.