Chris Froome anti-doping case dropped

Froome, 33, was under investigation by cycling’s world governing body but they closed proceedings on Monday.

Tour organisers had said Froome taking part could “damage” the race but now say the UCI’s decision means there is no reason to prevent his participation.

Froome is bidding to move level with Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain as the only five-time winners of the Tour.

Having also won last year’s Vuelta a Espana, just a month after his fourth Tour success, Froome could also equal the record for a fourth Grand Tour win in a row.

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