Symptomatic Chris Froome signed on for Tour de France stage start while awaiting PCR test result

The four-time winner was encouraged to sign on by the race organiser and withdrew from the race minutes after

Chris Froome
Chris Froome at the start of stage 18, minutes before he had a second Covid test returned as positive
(Image credit: Getty)

Chris Froome signed on before the start of stage 18 of the Tour de France, despite showing symptoms of Covid-19 and while waiting for the results of a second test to confirm that he had the virus.

A spokesperson for ASO, the organiser of the race, said race management recommended that the four-time winner sign on before the results of the PCR test were confirmed.

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