Tour de France organisers plot to stop Chris Froome from racing if salbutamol case isn't resolved

ASO reportedly believe they could withstand legal challenge if they prevent Froome from racing the Tour

Chris Froome at the 2017 Tour de France (Credit: ASO/Alex Broadway)

(Image credit: ASO/Alex Broadway)

Chris Froome may be prevented from defending his Tour de France title if the case surrounding his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol is not resolved by July.

According to reports from the Press Association, although the Giro d'Italia organiser RCS Sport says that it is powerless to prevent Froome from riding in May, sources at ASO suggest that the Tour organiser has more powers over who is allowed to ride its marquee race, and will not allow Froome to be on the start line in Noirmoutier-en-Île on July 7.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.