• Chris Froome could be forced to miss the Tour de France if his salbutamol case hasn't been resolved. (AAP)Source: AAP
The investigation into his salbutamol case still hangs over him but Froome says he's doing everything he can to resolve it.
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28 Apr 2018 - 8:42 AM  UPDATED 28 Apr 2018 - 8:52 AM

Sky squad for Froome's historic Giro tilt set
Chris Froome's Team Sky squad for the Giro d'Italia has been named as he seeks a third successive Grand Tour win.

Suited and booted for the 2018 Giro d'Italia start next Friday, Froome issued an obdurate statement that also generally acknowledged the unresolved anti-doping case hanging over him.

“I’ve had a different start to the season," Froome said in a team statement. "As I’ve obviously been aiming to try and reach my peak quite a bit earlier than usual. But the target of going for a third consecutive Grand Tour has given me new motivation."

“Of course there is an element of risk involved in targeting the Giro before the Tour, but I think I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didn’t give this race a go.

“I also recognise the wider issues and as I have said before I am doing everything I can, together with the team, to help resolve them as quickly as possible."

"In the meantime I am focused on racing. I would love to win the maglia rosa, but I am under no illusions whatsoever about how hard the race will be.”

A sample taken during the 2017 Vuelta showed Froome had twice the allowable limit of salbutamol but has continuously denied any wrongdoing since the result was made public late last year. The Brit is free to race as he is not suspended.   

Four things a little less clueless than Froome/Team Sky right now
Team Sky has just named Chris Froome to its Ruta del Sol squad for mid February despite an ongoing investigation into his adverse finding. Sure, it might not be against the rules, but maybe it's time for Froome/Team Sky to read the room.

The 2017 Tour de France and Vuelta champion also spoke to Cyclingnews about the controversy. 

"I'm planning for the best-case scenario, to be fully exonerated, coming from the basis that I know I've done nothing wrong," he told Cyclingnews in a story published overnight. "That's what I'm planning for."

"I can't remember the last time a rider won three Grand Tours consecutively. I don't think a rider in my generation has ever done that, so it'd be pretty special for me," he also said in the Cyclingnews piece. 

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