Chris Froome cleared by UCI of wrongdoing over asthma inhaler scandal – after Tour de France attempted to block him from racing

CHRIS FROOME has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the UCI over the asthma inhaler scandal.

The Team Sky rider, 33, is free to defend his Tour de France starting on Saturday.

 Chris Froome has been given reprieve over his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol

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Chris Froome has been given reprieve over his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol

Sky's legal team essentially won on a minor, but crucial technicality.

Sir Dave Brailsford's outfit have been at loggerheads with the UCI over Froome's case since October last year.

But they have won by proving the concentration of salbutamol in his blood was a freak result from stage 18 of last year's Vuelta a Espana.

In a detailed statement, the UCI said: "Wada informed the UCI that it would accept, based on the specific facts of this case, that Mr Froome's sample results do not constitute an [Adverse Analytical Finding].

Chris Froome is first Briton to win the Giro d’Italia completing hat-trick of Grand Tours

 Froome became the first Brit to win the Giro d'Italia back in May

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Froome became the first Brit to win the Giro d'Italia back in May
 Froome won the Tour de France last year for the fourth time

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Froome won the Tour de France last year for the fourth time
 The Team Sky leader celebrated winning the Vuelta a Espana for the first time last September

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The Team Sky leader celebrated winning the Vuelta a Espana for the first time last September

"In light of Wada's unparalleled access to information and authorship of the salbutamol regime, the UCI has decided, based on Wada's postion, to close the proceedings against Mr Froome."

Froome scored a hat-trick of Grand Tour titles in May when he won the Giro d'Italia for the first time, adding to his wins at last year's Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana.

But the story has attracted scorn in France and the Tour de France organisers ASO were ready to block him from riding the three-week race if the case was not resolved.

The threat appears to have paid off for Froome and Sir Dave Brailsford and the UCI were convinced the asthmatic was innocent.

 Froome and Sir Dave Brailsford are now free to plan for the start of the Tour de France on Saturday as the Brit goes for his fifth title

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Froome and Sir Dave Brailsford are now free to plan for the start of the Tour de France on Saturday as the Brit goes for his fifth title

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."

Froome has been yelled at by angry cycling fans on the roads of France in the past, while he has also been spat at and had urine thrown on him.

This case is likely to provoke similar feelings at the Tour.

Brailsford said: “We have always had total confidence in Chris and his integrity.

"We knew that he had followed the right medical guidance in managing his asthma at the Vuelta and were sure that he would be exonerated in the end, which he has been.

"This is why we decided that it was right for Chris to continue racing, in line with UCI rules, while the process was ongoing. We are pleased that it has now been resolved."

CHRIS FROOME has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the UCI over the asthma inhaler scandal.