Chris Froome out? Tour de France chiefs try to ban champion

Geraint Thomas overall winner of the Criterium du Dauphine

Geraint Thomas overall winner of the Criterium du Dauphine

Four-time victor Chris Froome has been blocked from registering for this year's Tour de France, according to reports.

The Briton has been under a cloud of speculation since he was found to have twice the permissable amount of asthma medication Salbutamol during last year's Vuelta a Espana, which he subsequently won.

Team Sky has reportedly appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), although with only six days to go until the start of the race there will be little time for the court to properly process the appeal.

Technically, while Froome awaits the result of an ongoing investigation into his doping case, he can still ride on the Tour.

Froome can continue racing as long as the salbutamol case against him remains unresolved.

The decision is meant to protect the image of the race because the British rider is at the centre of an ongoing doping case.

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The Briton was criticised in June by five-times Tour de France victor Bernard Hinault, who called on riders to go on strike if Froome competes at the race.

Le Monde said Froome, who is to be defended by British sports lawyer Mike Morgan, will not necessarily attend tomorrow's meeting by the French committee. We didn't know anything, as always, even if it's hard to believe.

Should he win this year's Tour, he will become just the second rider, after Belgian Eddy Merckx, to win four Grand Tours on the trot.

But Le Monde commented that "the Tour de France wants to avoid at all costs finding itself in the same situation as at the recent Tour of Italy where Froome's final win is now marked with an asterisk".

Despite his saga stretching back into 2017, Froome's case has not yet been resolved by the authorities.

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