Team Sky and Chris Froome booed at TdF team presentation

Team Sky and Chris Froome booed at TdF team presentation

There was no sense of triumphalism from Chris Froome as he faced the Tour de France media two days after the anti-doping investigation into him was dropped.

"Now I just want to draw a line in the sand and move on", said Froome, who won the Giro d'Italia in May.

Froome, who is aiming to win a record-equalling fifth Tour, insisted he was not anxious by the backlash at Sky's pre-race media event on Wednesday.

And Brailsford says Froome's critics should now praise the four-time Tour de France victor. "Of course, people were very quick to make judgements but we've finally got to a point where he has been exonerated and that whole episode is over and I think he deserves a lot of credit for the way he handled that situation".

An excessive amount of the asthma drug salbutamol was recorded in a urine sample given by Froome at last year's Spanish Vuelta.

Froome expressed massive relief on Wednesday in his first major meeting with the press since being allowed in the race just days after being cleared by cycling's ruling body the UCI to take part.

Chris Froome's Team Sky came up four seconds short of winning the team time trial in the third stage of the Tour de France on Monday, as Greg Van Avermaet of victorious BMC claimed the yellow jersey.

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" "I can understand ASO's position", Froome told a packed press conference in a local sports hall that was used instead of the team hotel when around 150 journalists showed up".

"I think this year's race is going to be the biggest challenge of my career", he said.

"From the start I have been absolutely confident, it was never in doubt for us".

"It wasn't even technically an "AAF" (adverse analytical finding) and few people understood this subtle difference".

Brailsford went on to praise Froome's strength of character after being wrongly accused.

"It's also important to respect all the riders, including Chris Froome - he is a former Tour victor and a serious contender for the next title".

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