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'Froome has no place at the Tour' Hinault attacks again

Joe Robinson
28 Jun 2018

The outspoken Frenchman continues his criticism of Team Sky as the Tour edges ever closer

The war of words between Bernard Hinault and Team Sky has continued with the five-time Tour de France champion reaffirming his stance on Chris Froome and now stating that the defending champion 'has no place' in racing the upcoming Tour.

Reported by French newspaper L'Equipe, Hinault furthered his opinion on Froome by stating that 'I don't think he has a place in the race.

'He tested positive. Why was Alberto Contador condemned for the same circumstances while Froome is yet to be sentenced?'

Hinault then went on to suggest that Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who recently finished second behind Froome at the Giro d'Italia, should lead the protests surrounding Froome's ability to race while under investigation.

This latest attack comes a week after the outspoken Breton called for the peloton to protest Froome's presence at the Tour by refusing to race.

He also criticised the UCI, suggesting that a decision should have already been made.

This forced Team Sky in to a response, with the British WorldTour team expressing their disappointment at Hinault's comments labelling them 'irresponsible and ill-informed' while also affirming that the former rider had 'once again, repeated factually incorrect comments.'

The current defending champion is yet to directly respond to the comments of Hinault although did state in an interview with Sky Sports News that he 'did not do anything wrong' and that he 'has the right to race'.

Froome is currently under investigation for an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana in which he returned a test with twice the legal limit for the substance.

This has led figures in the sport like Hinault to call for Froome's immediate suspension, however under UCI rules Froome is completely within his right to continue competing until a decision is reached.

Currently, the investigation is thought to be in the hands of the UCI who are believed to be assessing over 1,500 pages of evidence presented by Froome, Team Sky and their team of lawyers.

While under investigation Froome has continued his race schedule, as he is permitted to do, like normal taking a historic Giro victory last month following a spectacular solo attack on the Colle dell Finestre.

As things stand, Froome will take to the Tour start line on Saturday 7th July in the Vendee Region of France as he bids to become the fifth rider in history to win a fifth yellow jersey.