Tour de France 2019 teams and riders: What are Team Sky now? What is the Team Ineos kit?

4 Jul

The teams and riders for the 2019 Tour de France have been confirmed with last year’s winner Geraint Thomas looking to keep that yellow jersey.

There will be 22 teams taking part in the 106th edition of the famous race with each naming eight-man squads.

Britain’s Geraint Thomas will be riding for Team Ineos in the Tour de France
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Team Sky, who Thomas won with last summer, have been renamed as Team Ineos and will be competing in burgundy and black kits.

Astana Pro Team star Jakob Fuglsang will be riding in light blue while Trek-Segafredo’s Richie Porte will be in orange, white and black.

The Movistar Team, who have high hopes for Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa Meana, will be in light blue and black kits.

Geraint Thomas won the Tour de France last summer
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The race gets under way in Brussels, Belgium on Saturday, July 6 to embark on 21 stages over 23 days before the final race onto the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday, July 28.

As well as Thomas, British riders include Luke Rowe, Simon Yates, Alex Dowsett and Stephen Cummings but there is no Chris Froome (injury) or Mark Cavendish (selection).

Here’s the full rundown of the teams and riders for the 2019 Tour de France:

Team Ineos

Geraint Thomas, Egan Arley Bernal Gomez, Nicolas Jonathan Castroviejo, Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon, Wout Poels, Luke Rowe, Dylan Van Baarle, (S) Salvatore Puccio, (S) Ian Stannard

Bora – Hansgrohe

Peter Sagan, Emanuel Buchmann, Marcus Burghardt, Patrick Konrad, Gregor Muhlberger, Daniel Oss, Lukas Postlberger, Maximilian Schachmann, (S) Sam Bennett, (S) Maciej Bodnar

Deceuninck – Quick – Step

Julian Alaphilippe, Kasper Asgreen, Dries Devenyns, Yves Lampaert, Enric Mas Nicolau, Michael Morkov, Maximiliano Ariel Richeze, Elia Viviani, (S) Philippe Gilbert, (S) Fabio Jakobsen

Ag2r La Mondiale

Romain Bardet, Mikael Cherel, Benoit Cosnefroy, Mathias Frank, Tony Gallopin, Alexis Gougeard, Oliver Naesen, Alexis Vuillermoz, (S) Clement Venturini, (S) Pierre Latour

Bahrain – Merida

Vincenzo Nibali, Damiano Caruso, Sonny Colbrelli, Rohan Dennis, Ivan Garcia Cortina, Matej Mohoric, Dylan Teuns, Jan Tratnik, (S) Mark Padun, (S) Yukiya Arashiro

Groupama – Fdj

Thibaut Pinot, William Bonnet, David Gaudu, Stefan Kung, Matthieu Ladagnous, Rudy Molard, Sebastien Reichenbach, Anthony Roux, (S) Tobias Ludvigsson, (S) Steve Morabito

Movistar Team

Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde, Andrey Amador, Imanol Erviti, Mikel Landa Meana, Nelson Oliveira, Marc Soler, Carlos Verona Quintanilla, (S) Jurgen Roelandts, (S) Winner Andrew Anacona

Astana Pro Team

Jakob Fuglsang, Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia, Omar Fraile Matarranz, Hugo Houle, Gorka Izaguirre Insausti, Alexey Lutsenko, Magnus Cort Nielsen, Luis Leon Sanchez, (S) Davide Ballerini, (S) Merhawi Kudus

Team Jumbo – Visma

Steven Kruijswijk, George Bennett, Laurens De Plus, Dylan Groenewegen, Amund Grondahl Jansen, Tony Martin, Mike Teunissen, Wout Van Aert, (S) Taco Van Der Hoorn, (S) Lennard Hofstede

Ef Education First

Rigoberto Uran, Niccolo Bonifazio, Simon Clarke, Tanel Kangert, Sebastian Langeveld, Tom Scully, Tejay Van Garderen, Michael Woods, (S) Mitchell Docker, (S) G Lawson Craddock

Mitchelton – Scott

Simon Yates, Luke Durbridge, Jack Haig, Michael Hepburn, Daryl Impey, Christopher Juul Jensen, Matteo Trentin, Simon Yates, (S) Mikel Nieve Iturralde, (S) Damien Howson

Ccc Team

Greg Van Avermaet, Patrick Bevin, Alessandro De Marchi, Simon Geschke, Serge Pauwels, Joseph Rosskopf, Michael Schar, Lukasz Wisniowski, (S) Jonas Koch, (S) Nathan Van Hooydonck

Uae Team Emirates

Daniel Martin, Fabio Aru, Sven Erik Bystrom, Rui Costa, Sergio Luis Henao Montoya, Alexander Kristoff, Vegard Stake Laengen, Jasper Philipsen, (S) Oliviero Troia, (S) Aleksandr Riabushenko

Trek – Segafredo

Richie Porte, Julien Bernard, Giulio Ciccone, Koen De Kort, Fabio Felline, Bauke Mollema, Toms Skujins, Jasper Stuyven, (S) Gianluca Brambilla, (S) Edward Theuns

Team Sunweb

Michael Matthews, Nikias Arndt, Cees Bol, Chad Haga, Lennard Kamna, Wilco Kelderman, Soren Kragh Andersen, Nicolas Roche, (S) Rob Power, (S) Martijn Tusveld

Cofidis, Solutions Credits

Christophe Laporte, Natnael Berhane, Nicolas Edet, Jesus Herrada, Anthony Perez, Pierre Luc Perichon, Stephane Rossetto, Julien Simon, (S) Damien Touze, (S) Jesper Hansen

Lotto Soudal

Tiesj Benoot, Jasper De Buyst, Thomas De Gendt, Caleb Ewan, Jens Keukeleire, Roger Kluge, Maxime Monfort, Tim Wellens, (S) Jelle Wallays, (S) Nikolas Maes

Total Direct Energie

Lilian Calmejane, Niccolo Bonifazio, Fabien Grellier, Paul Ourselin, Romain Sicard, Rein Taaramae, Niki Terpstra, Anthony Turgis, (S) Thomas Boudat, (S) Adrien Petit

Team Katusha Alpecin

Ilnur Zakarin, Jens Debusschere, Alex Dowsett, Jose Goncalves, Marco Haller, Nils Politt, Mads Schmidt Wurtz, Rick Zabel, (S) Nathan Haas, (S) Viacheslav Kuznetsov

Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team

Guillaume Martin, Frederik Backaert, Aime De Gendt, Odd Christian Eiking, Xandro Meurisse, Andrea Pasqualon, Kevin Van Melsen, Loic Vliegen, (S) Fabien Doubey, (S) Marco Minnaard

Team Dimension Data

Edvald Boasson Hagen, Michael Valgren, Lars Bak Ytting, Stephen Cummings, Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg, Benjamin King, Roman Kreuziger, Giacomo Nizzolo, (S) Mark Cavendish, (S) Julien Vermote

Team Arkea – Samsic

Warren Barguil, Maxime Bouet, Anthony Delaplace, Elie Gesbert, Andre Greipel, Kevin Ledanois, Amael Moinard, Florian Vachon, (S) Romain Hardy, (S) Clement Russo

Tour de France route 2019 in full: When does it start? What are the stages? Is it in England?

4 Jul

The 2019 Tour de France is now under way with 23 days of gruelling action in store.

The world’s best cyclists will go head-to-head over 21 intense stages of the famous race as they look to claim the iconic yellow jersey.

Geraint Thomas won the Tour de France last summer
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Great Britain star Geraint Thomas secured glory last summer and he will head up the newly-formed Team Ineos (previously Team Sky) this time.

The race will not head to England this year and instead starts with two stages in Belgium before heading into France for the most famous stretches.

It will all then culminate with the traditional trip down the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday 28 July.

Geraint Thomas celebrates his yellow jersey win with Chris Froome last summer
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Along the way, riders will compete in one individual time-trial, one team time-trial and seven flat stages.

There will then be five ‘hilly’ stages and seven torturous mountain stints with just two rest days breaking it all up.

Here’s a rundown of the full race for the 2019 Tour de France:

Stage 1: Saturday, July 6, 194.5KM, Bruxelles – Brussel, flat

Stage 2: July 7, 27.6KM, Bruxelles Palais Royal – Brussel Atomium, team time-trial

Stage 3: July 8, 215KM, Binche – Epernay, hilly

Stage 4: July 9, 213.5KM, Reims – Nancy, flat

Stage 5: July 10, 175.5KM, Saint-Die-Des-Vosges – Colmar, hilly

Stage 6: July 11, 160.5KM, Mulhouse – La Planche Des Belles Filles, mountain

Stage 7: July 12, 230KM, Belfort – Chalon-Sur-Saone, flat

Stage 8: July 13, 200KM, Macon – Saint-Etienne, hilly

Stage 9: July 14, 170.5KM, Saint-Etienne – Brioude, hilly

Stage 10: July 15, 217.5KM, Saint-Flour – Albi, flat

Rest Day: July 16, Albi

Mark Cavendish will not race in the Tour de France for the first time since 2007
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Stage 11: July 17, 167KM, Albi – Toulouse, flat

Stage 12: July 18, 209.5KM, Toulouse – Bagneres-De-Bigorre, mountain

Stage 13: July 19, 27.2KM, Pau – Pau, individual time-trail

Stage 14: July 20, 117.5KM, Tarbes – Tourmalet Bareges, mountain

Stage 15: July 21, 185KM, Limoux – Foix Prat D’albis, mountain

Rest Day, July 22, Nimes

Stage 16: July 23, 177KM, Nimes – Nimes, flat

Stage 17: July 24, 200KM, Pont Du Gard – Gap, hilly

Stage 18: July 25, 208KM, Embrun – Valloire, mountain

Stage 19: July 26, 126.5KM, Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne – Tignes, mountain

Stage 20: July 27, 130KM, Albertville – Val Thorens, mountain

Stage 21: July 28, 128KM, Rambouillet – Paris Champs-Elysees, flat

Team Sky to become Team Ineos as Sir Jim Ratcliffe completes takeover of Tour Racing Limited

19 Mar

Team Sky have secured the back of Britain’s richest man, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe completing his takeover of the cycling team.

The team will change its name to become known as Team INEOS mid-season, racing under the new branding for the first time at the Tour de Yorkshire in May.

The British-registered team had been seeking new funding after Sky announced in December it would end its ownership and sponsorship at the end of 2019.

A Team Sky statement read: “Sky and 21st Century Fox have agreed the sale of Team Sky to INEOS.

“INEOS will become the sole owners of Tour Racing Limited (the team’s holding company) from 1 May this year and will continue to fund the current team in full, honouring all existing commitments to riders, staff and partners.

“The launch of Team INEOS will take place at the Tour de Yorkshire which starts in Doncaster on 2 May.”

More follows.

Sir Bradley Wiggins tells talkSPORT cycling could suffer if Team Sky folds – ‘We may not see anything like this again’

20 Dec

Sir Bradley Wiggins has told talkSPORT that Team Sky’s departure could have a detrimental effect on cycling and has warned those against the British team to ‘be careful what you wish for’.

The broadcasting giant revealed last week that 2019 would be Team Sky’s final year in competition after deciding to end their involvement in professional cycling.

Team Sky have enjoyed an unprecedented era of British success in the sport – boasting six Tour de France titles in seven years from Wiggins (one), Chris Froome (four) and this year Geraint Thomas (one).

Team Sky celebrate Geraint Thomas’ Tour de France win earlier this year

Their decision to pull their sponsorship was met with cheers in some quarters – some cycling purists around Europe have been against Sky’s influence on the sport, with the team’s dominance akin to Manchester City’s in English football, feeling money buys success.

But Wiggins, speaking for the first time about his former team’s news, believes the departure of such a big company and financial backer is not good news for the future of cycling.

Great Britian’s most decorated Olympian told Jim White: “People need to be careful what they wish for because if Sky go now the sport will be worse off for it.

Wiggins became the first Brit to win the Tour de France in 2012, and won Olympic gold later that summer at London 2012

“Cycling won’t disintegrate but it won’t have the profile it has enjoyed now. This day was always going to happen because the sport is so backward in some ways, the people that run it.

“It’s not corrupt but it’s so backward. There’s no money in the sport.

“Rather than be grateful for a company like Sky, people just hammered it.

“A sponsor as big as Sky, which have put so much into cycling and done so much for cycling, they should be thanked for the level they’ve helped the sport.

“Obviously there is Dave Brailsford and the generation of cyclists, but Sky have played a huge part in their success and the amount money they put into the team over the last ten years – £150million and maybe more.

“It’s incredible, and the timing of that with the timing of cyclists and what Dave wanted to do, we may not ever see it again.

Team Sky boss Brailsford has masterminded Team Sky’s success

“I can’t envisage a company the size of Sky coming in and doing that for cycling again.

“So to replace them in order to carry on and cover the wage bill and budget for the next few years will be a tough thing to find.”

Listen back to Sir Bradley Wiggins on talkSPORT in full above!

Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas’ Team Sky announce 2019 will be final year in cycling

12 Dec

Team Sky have announced 2019 will be their final year in cycling.

The British broadcaster, together with minority stake holder 21st Century Fox, will end its involvement in cycling next year after more than a decade of backing.

Team Sky celebrate Geraint Thomas’ Tour de France win earlier this year

The decision will bring to a conclusion Sky’s ownership and sponsorship of Team Sky, which current features British stars Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas,  which will continue to race under a different name if a new backer is secured to provide funding from the beginning of 2020.

The team will compete as Team Sky for the last time during the 2019 road racing season.

Team Sky have won 322 races including eight Grand Tours, 52 other stage races and 25 one-day races.

Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first Brit to win the Tour de France in 2012, and won road race gold at the London Olympics just weeks later

Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford has over seen unprecedented success for Britain on the road cycling circuit, boasting six Tour de France titles in seven years from Sir Bradley Wiggins (one), Chris Froome (four) and this year Geraint Thomas (one).

Froome also won the Vuelta a Espana in 2017 and Giro d’Italia in 2018 to complete the set of prestigious Grand Tours.

Froome has won six Grand Tour crowns with Team Sky, including Tour de France titles

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “While Sky will be moving on at the end of next year, the team is open minded about the future and the potential of working with a new partner, should the right opportunity present itself.

“For now, I would like to thank all Team Sky riders and staff, past and present – and above all the fans who have supported us on this adventure.

“We aren’t finished yet by any means. There is another exciting year of racing ahead of us and we will be doing everything we can to deliver more Team Sky success in 2019.”

Sir Bradley Wiggins: Cycling legend discusses relationship with Chris Froome and how Lance Armstrong ‘changed his life’

17 Oct

Sir Bradley Wiggins has told talkSPORT of how disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong changed his life and was the inspiration that helped shape his celebrated career in the sport.

‘Wiggo’ joined Jim White on Wednesday for an EXCLUSIVE chat about his new book, ‘Icons’, in which he dives into his vast jersey collection and explores the careers of 21 of cycling’s most historic figures.

There is little doubt Armstrong is one of them – the American poster boy who came back from a cancer battle to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles, to then be stripped of them all after arguably the biggest doping scandal in sporting history.

Armstrong’s crimes are unforgivable for many involved in the sport, having a huge blank space on the cycling record books.

Wiggins rode alongside Armstrong in the Tour de France peloton toward the end of the American’s career

But Wiggins has admitted he and Armstrong – who he still talks to, from time to time – will always share a connection that, since his retirement from competition in 2016, he has realised is stronger than he ever thought.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “When I was 13 and I was living in a council estate in London, he won the world title in Oslo and he was 21 years of age, and I was enthralled by it.

“I went out on my bike the next day and thought I was Lance Armstrong. Nobody can ever take that away from me, that feeling of freedom and going out on the bike and being inspired by him.

“He’s iconic for good and bad reasons now, whether people like it or not. But, for me, I can’t change the way it made me feel when I was 13. It changed my life.

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“I’ve realised that actually this guy has been part of my inspiration and part of my life more than I ever really thought.

“I never realised then, that 16 or 17 years later I would be going toe-to-toe with him on Mont Ventoux for a podium place at the Tour de France.

“To say he’s a hero of mine is a bit strong.

“I still speak to him and I last spoke to him a couple of weeks ago. I know him as a person post-cycling, and after all that he’s been through.”

talkSPORT’s Jim White: Has he apologised to you? “No, he doesn’t need to apologise to me, I don’t expect an apology.”

JW: But he tarnished the sport you love, Bradley. “Yeah, but so many people did.

“That’s not condoning what he did, not for one minute, but once you come out of cycling, I see it more from the human side now and it is what it is.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles – but he still has the yellow jerseys hanging up in his Texas home

“Lance has paid heavily for what he did. OK, the sport has suffered, but he wasn’t alone in that. I think he’s been singled out as well.”

Asked if he was angry by the revelation of Armstrong’s prolific use of performance-enhancing drugs, in a scandal described as ‘the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen’, Wiggo added: “I wouldn’t say I was angry.

“I saw it more as an inconvenience for me because I’d won the Tour de France and it came out a couple of days before a media day with Team Sky.

“I have an opinion on it and not everyone is going to like it, but I’ve moved on now and I can see the world from a different perspective and it’s not just cycling.

Wiggins became the first Brit to win the Tour de France in 2012, and won Olympic gold later that summer at London 2012

“Yes, cycling has been damaged, but there’s a lot of people to blame for that and there’s been a lot of corruption in the sport in the past and the way it’s been run.”

Wiggins also spoke about his infamous relationship with former Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome, who was dubbed the ‘super-domestique’ for Wiggo’s 2012 Tour de France win, before becoming team leader and since going on to win four Le Tour titles, plus wins in the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España.

Wiggins has admitted he and Froome didn’t see eye-to-eye at Team Sky

First asked about his relationship with Armstrong…

JW: So Armstrong is a pal? “Err, I wouldn’t say that. We’re not big friends and we never have been, but I think there’s a mutual respect in terms of what we went through, racing each other up those climbs.”

JW: Is Chris Froome a pal? “No.

“No, what do you want me to say? I have a huge amount of respect for him as an athlete but, as people, we never got on.”

Listen back to Sir Bradley Wiggins on talkSPORT IN FULL above.

Geraint Thomas signs new three-year deal with Team Sky

9 Sep

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has signed a new three-year contract with Team Sky.

The British squad announced that the 32-year-old will stick with the team he joined from their inception in 2010, until 2021.

Thomas won the 2018 Tour de France

Thomas told teamsky.com: “I’m pleased it’s sorted – and delighted to be staying with the team.”

The announcement was made ahead of the final stage of the Tour of Britain, which Thomas has been riding this week.

The Cardiff rider has long been a key lieutenant for Team Sky, but succeeded Chris Froome as Tour champion in July as he realised his own potential in the sport’s biggest race.

“It really is one big happy family where my relationship with Team Sky is concerned, so I couldn’t be more delighted,” Thomas added.

“It’s been a great journey for me with Team Sky and obviously the last few months have been crazy.

“It’s working really well for me here and I’m excited about what’s still to come.”

Geraint Thomas has Tour de France all-but wrapped up after successful time trial

28 Jul

Geraint Thomas is on the verge of winning the Tour de France after managing to protect his yellow jersey in the stage 20 time trial.

The Team Sky rider finished the Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle to Espelette stage with a lead of one minute and 51 seconds after coming third on the road.

Thomas has a commanding lead going into the final stage which is largely ceremonial

His closest rival in the general classification, Tom Dumoulin, won the stage by one second from Chris Froome and 14 seconds from Thomas, but the world time trial champion never looked like putting Thomas’ comfortable cushion in danger.

Thomas will become the third British winner of the race, joining Sir Bradley Wiggins and Froome, and it will mean the trio have won six of the last seven editions, all in Team Sky colours.

Froome’s performance was enough to put him back on the podium and he will finish third overall, having overhauled LottoNL-Jumbo’s Primoz Roglic on the stage.

Froome had started the Tour looking for a record-equalling fifth Tour title and seeking a rare Giro-Tour double, but he found that attempting to win a fourth consecutive Grand Tour was a step too far.

Thomas looks set to become the third British winner of the race

Thomas emulates Wiggins in converting himself from an Olympic team pursuit champion into the winner of the world’s biggest road race.

The 32-year-old had never before finished in the top 10 of a Grand Tour. In his only previous serious attempt to win one, he was forced to withdraw following a crash midway through last year’s Giro d’Italia.

Though Team Sky have faced ill-feeling on the French roadside once again in this Tour, Thomas is a popular figure in the world of cycling and victory for a man so long accustomed to playing a supporting role for others will be celebrated far and wide.

Thomas had survived Friday’s big test, a 200.5-kilometre stage from Lourdes to Laruns which took the peloton over three of the toughest Pyrenean climbs – the Aspin, Tourmalet and Aubisque. He started the time trial knowing his buffer would be enough if he could avoid incident.

Intermittent rain, the first significant downfall of the entire Tour, created unpredictable conditions on Saturday’s 31km course. There was one significant scare for Thomas with around 19km to go when the bike almost slipped from underneath him on a right-hand bend.

Thomas may have known he had a buffer to play with but he was not taking it easy as he was fastest through the first and second splits before grinding up the Col de Pinodieta and dropping back.

Dumoulin had to console himself with his third career Tour stage win – all of which have come in individual time trials.

The Team Sunweb rider’s day did not get off to an ideal start when he could not find his time trial skin suit in the morning.

But with his clothing sponsor based just across the Spanish border in San Sebastian, an emergency call was placed and they whipped him up a new set of the world champion’s rainbow stripes in time.

Irishman Dan Martin shipped more than two minutes in the time trial but the UAE Team Emirates rider – named the most combative in the Tour overall – did enough to protect his top 10 place as he is set to finish eighth overall.

Chris Froome free to race at Tour de France as UCI drop anti-doping case against Team Sky star

2 Jul

Britain’s Chris Froome is free to defend his yellow jersey at this year’s Tour de France after cycling’s governing body dropped the anti-doping case against him.

Chris Froome became the first British Giro d’Italia champion in history back in May

The four-time Le Tour champion has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the UCI following a year of controversy that has surrounded an adverse result on a drugs test he took in 2017.

An anti-doping test on Froome during last year’s Vuelta a Espana – which he won –  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.”

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.

He also keeps his 2017 Vuelta red jersey, meaning he remains the holder of all three Grand Tour titles, having won the Giro d’Italia in May.

The UCI said the verdict on clearing Froome was “based on expert opinions”.

The Brit, who came under heavy criticism during the case, said he was “grateful and relieved” to close the matter.

Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford also backed Froome and insisted he always ‘had total confidence in Chris and his integrity’.

In a statement issued by Team Sky, the 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.

“I have never doubted that this case would be dismissed for the simple reason that I have known throughout I did nothing wrong. I have suffered with asthma since childhood. I know exactly what the rules are regarding my asthma medication and I only ever use my puffer to manage my symptoms within the permissible limits.

Froome claimed his fourth Tour de France title last year, and is now aiming for a fifth

“Of course, the UCI had to examine these test results from the Vuelta. Unfortunately, the details of the case did not remain confidential, as they should have done. And I appreciate more than anyone else the frustration at how long the case has taken to resolve and the uncertainty this has caused. I am glad it’s finally over.

“I am grateful for all the support I have had from the Team and from many fans across the world. Today’s ruling draws a line. It means we can all move on and focus on the Tour de France.”

Team Sky boss Brailsford has supported Froome throughout the anti-doping case

Team Sky principle Brailsford added: “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 has proved he is a great champion – not only on the bike but also by how he has conducted himself during this period. It has not been easy, but his professionalism, integrity and good grace under pressure have been exemplary and a credit to the sport.”