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Chris Froome confirmed for Giro d'Italia

Four time Tour de France champion to race Giro amidst salbutamol controversy

Joe Robinson
27 Apr 2018

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has confirmed that he will race the 101st Giro d'Italia in his quest for pink, despite the ongoing investigation into his adverse analytical finiding (AAF) for salbutamol.

Team Sky confirmed this morning that Froome will lead the British WorldTour team at the first Grand Tour of the season, which starts in Jerusalem, Israel next Friday.

He will attempt to win a third consecutive Grand Tour after taking victory at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in 2017.

The attendance of the 32-year-old will be marred by the fact that the he is still under investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the UCI for his AAF at last year's Vuelta a Espana. If the finding is upheld, it is possible the rider will be handed a two year ban.

With that considered, many within the sport have argued that Froome should withdraw himself from competition until a decision is made. In terms of UCI laws, Froome is allowed to continue competing while under investigation.

Froome addressed these concerns in a statement on the Team Sky website.

'I recognise the wider issues and as I have said before I am doing everything I can, together with the Team, to help resolve them as quickly as possible,' stated Froome.
'In the meantime I am focussed on racing. I would love to win the maglia rosa, but I am under no illusions whatsoever about how hard the race will be.'

Around Froome will be a usually strong team that includes two of his most trusted lieutenants, Wout Poels and Sergio Henao. This duo will be expected to be Froome's main men when the race hits the mountains. 

Also present will be new signing David De La Cruz who along with Kenny Elissonde and Salvator Puccio who will offer assistance on the lower slopes of the climbs.

Experience in the team will be brought from stalwarts Christian Knees and Vasil Kiryienka who will no doubt marshal the race on the flatter roads.

A strong team will be vital as Froome attempts to win the Giro-Tour double. This feat was last achieved by Marco Pantani in 1998 and is recognised as a mountain of a task by Froome himself.

Froome said, 'I’ve had a different start to the season as I’ve obviously been aiming to try and reach my peak quite a bit earlier than usual.

'But the target of going for a third consecutive Grand Tour has given me new motivation', he added.

'Of course there is an element of risk involved in targeting the Giro before the Tour, but I think I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didn’t give this race a go.'