Vuelta director: 'We can't start the 2018 race without knowing the 2017 winner'

Vuelta a España director Javier Guillén says Chris Froome's case must be resolved before the start of the 2018 edition

Chris Froome on the Angliru on stage 20 of the Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The Vuelta a España says that it must absolutely know if Chris Froome is the 2017 victor before running the 2018 edition, starting August 25 in Málaga.

Team Sky's star tested over the limit for asthma drug salbutamol, a specified substance, on the way to winning the 2017 title. If he cannot prove a reason for his high reading, he risks being stripped of the title in a judgment due sometime this summer.

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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.