Tour de France -- Chris Froome and team Sky booed at race presentation

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

Four-time victor Chris Froome was roundly booed by the crowd that gathered for the teams presentation of the Tour de France in a small town in the west of France on Thursday evening (July 5).

And though Team Sky missed out on victory - and a chance to put Geraint Thomas in the yellow jersey - Froome was able to eradicate the deficit to numerous other contenders.

In the same stoic manner Froome had faced off a packed press conference the evening before the champion held his nerve before the crowds just three days after being cleared over a suspicious dope test from last September that came to nothing but which has hit his reputation.

He was under investigation for having more than the allowed level of legal asthma drug salbutamol in his urine.

Froome has been cleared to race the Tour after cycling's governing body, the UCI, closed an anti-doping case against him.

But Froome still received a less-than-welcoming reception from the crowd at La Roche-sur-Yon as he and his Team Sky teammates were presented, highlighting that the home crowd are not willing to accept WADA's verdict.

"Obviously it's not nice when people are booing you but it's not like it's the whole crowd, it's just a few very vocal people", he told Sky Sports News.

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Folau sprinted 60 metes for a try, but Sunwolves blindside flanker Michael Leitch brushed off opposite number Ned Hanigan. He added another late in the game as Folau and replacement outside back Alex Newsome also bagged try doubles.

And five-time Tour victor, Frenchman Bernard Hinault, called for other riders to strike in protest against Froome.

"I call on all spectators to protect all the athletes and to respect the judicial decision so that Chris Froome can compete in a safe and serene environment like all other athletes", he said.

Earlier this week UCI president David Lappartient appealed to cycling fans for the safety of Froome in an interview posted on social media.

Then on Thursday, rival Bardet - the host country's best hope - stressed: "The decision has been made by the authorities and it is all about respecting that decision".

"The Tour is part of French heritage, it's a celebration, a big party and it's important that we speak about sport".

"Chris has shown great strength and integrity while also maintaining his form, he won the Giro under those conditions", said Brailsford.

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