Chris Froome chasing place in history as rivals look for weakness

With the exception of Dumoulin who also cycled the Giro, Froome’s rivals should have the benefit of freshness

 Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky. A success in this year’s Tour would  mean victory in four consecutively-held Grand Tours. The only other rider to do this was Merckx  back in 1972/1973.  Photograph: Getty Images

Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky. A success in this year’s Tour would mean victory in four consecutively-held Grand Tours. The only other rider to do this was Merckx back in 1972/1973. Photograph: Getty Images

It is said there is no such thing as bad publicity, but the Tour de France organisers, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), would beg to differ. Last Sunday the French newspaper Le Monde reported that those organisers would block Chris Froome from the race. Their reasoning? The damage to the Tour’s image that his participation could bring.

One day later ASO was forced to backtrack on this position when Froome, a four-time winner of the race, was dramatically and unexpectedly cleared by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and cycling’s governing body, the UCI.

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