CHRIS FROOME has been cleared of any wrongdoing by world cycling’s governing body, the UCI, after an adverse drugs test.
The announcement comes just one day after French media reports that Tour de France organisers were seeking to block Froome from riding in this year’s race.
Froome is now free to chase a fifth Tour title, with the race due to start on Saturday.
A drug test on Froome during last year’s Vuelta a Espana found a larger than permitted dose of the asthma drug salbutamol in his system.
In a statement on Monday the UCI said: “The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirms that the anti-doping proceedings involving Mr Christopher Froome have now been closed.”
Although Froome’s sample was reported to contain a concentration of salbutamol in excess of 1000ng/ml, the UCI said it had closed the case base based on World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) advice pertaining to permitted use.
I understand the history of this great sport - good and bad. I have always taken my leadership position very seriously and I always do things the right way.Chris Froome
The UCI added: “The UCI has considered all the relevant evidence in detail (in consultation with its own experts and experts from WADA).
“On 28 June 2018, WADA informed the UCI that it would accept, based on the specific facts of the case, that Mr Froome’s sample results do not constitute an AAF [adverse analytical finding].
“In light of WADA’s unparalleled access to information and authorship of the salbutamol regime, the UCI has decided, based on WADA’s position, to close the proceedings against Mr Froome.”
In a statement released via Team Sky, Froome said: “I am very pleased that the UCI has exonerated me.
“While this decision is obviously a big deal for me and the team, it’s also an important moment for cycling.
“I understand the history of this great sport - good and bad. I have always taken my leadership position very seriously and I always do things the right way.
“I meant it when I said that I would never dishonour a winner’s jersey and that my results would stand the test of time.”