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Chris Froome should not be listed with cycling greats, says Bernard Hinault

• Legendary cyclist criticises Froome after Giro d’Italia win• Froome may enter Tour de France before anti-doping decisionThe legendary cyclist Bernard Hinault has launched a stinging attack on Chris Froome, claiming he should never have been on the Gi…

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Chris Froome salbutamol case expected to be resolved before Tour de France

• Race organiser Christian Prudhomme confident of UCI ruling • Froome convinced of innocence and expects verdict to go his wayChristian Prudhomme, the Tour de France organiser, has said he is confident that Chris Froome’s salbutamol case will be resolv…

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Chris Froome doping investigation looks set to go beyond Tour de France

• Governing body paves way for disciplinary proceedings • Move could prompt legal battle over cyclist’s Tour participationChris Froome’s doping case is likely to remain unresolved beyond this year’s Tour de France, meaning road cycling’s showcase event…

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Chris Froome may be denied Tour de France place by race organisers ASO

• Froome set to be refused entry if doping case is not resolved• Tour of the Alps will be his final warm-up race for Giro d’ItaliaThe Tour de France organisers will refuse to let Chris Froome race in this year’s event if his salbutamol case has not bee…

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Tour de France race director slams ‘grotesque’ delay of Chris Froome decision

• Christian Prudhomme says race organisers need position clarified• Froome is still free to race pending response over failed drug testThe race director of the Tour de France has criticised the lack of a decision on Chris Froome’s failed drug test, cal…

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I worship Team Sky. But I feel like I’ve been taken for a ride | Charles Graham-Dixon

I really want to believe in the integrity of the British team. Yet each new doping allegation is making it harderHow to feel when, for reasons that are purely negative, the sport you love and the riders you admire appear on every front page and dominat…

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The Guardian view on drugs in sport: a deep corruption | Editorial

A devastating report from a parliamentary select committee shows a culture of studied evasion around the abuse of performance-enhancing substances in professional sportWhat is the point of sport? The recent death of Sir Roger Bannister, who ran the wor…

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Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky accused in damning drugs report

Report suggests Team Sky riders took performance-enhancing drugs to win Tour de FranceAn explosive report has suggested Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins used performance-enhancing drugs under the guise of treating a legitimate medical condition in order to…

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Maria Sharapova’s reception a reminder of indifference to doping | Sean Ingle

Melbourne crowds are likely to offer warm support to her this week and research suggests fans continue to back stars and sports laid low by doping scandalsHere is a prediction. Every time Maria Sharapova steps on to court at the Australian Open this ye…

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The sporting year ahead: 18 dates for your diary in 2018

Russia’s ethical World Cup adventure, Nigeria’s bobsleigh stars at the Winter Olympics, and a welcome helping of London 2012 nostalgia Russia 14 June – 15 July Continue reading…

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Chris Froome’s failed drug test – your questions answered in our live webchat

Sean Ingle and Martha Kelner, the journalists who broke the story about Chris Froome failing a drugs test, will be online to field questions from 12.30pm GMT 10.43am GMT Chris Froome was hoping to win his fifth Tour de France title next year but, depen…

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After Froome’s failed drug test is this the end for Team Sky?

Team Sky started out promising to be whiter than white but episodes with Bradley Wiggins and now Chris Froome mean that has to be questionedFrom a holiday in Miami to the launch of a luxury watch boutique and the announcement that he intends to race in…

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Tour de France 2018 race route unveiled in Paris – video

The route for the 2018 Tour de France was presented in Paris on Tuesday with next year’s race taking the peloton over the Roubaix cobbles, to the Plateau des Glières on the Grand-Bornand and up the 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez. The 105th edition of the Tour…

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Tour de France 2018 race route promises to be tough test for Chris Froome

• Route unveiled at Paris ceremony, where champion received Vélo d’Or award• Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin expected to mount stern challenge to FroomeChris Froome, the defending champion, can expect a stern challenge from the Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin in nex…

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Will Chris Froome become the third cyclist to win the Tour-Vuelta double?

Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault are the only cyclists to have won the Tour and Vuelta in the same year – and they did it before the calendar changed

By Suze Clemitson of 100 Tales 100 Tours, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Will Chris Froome do the double? Sky’s leader arrived at the start line in Nîmes last Saturday morning with a “sense of mission” to join Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault as the only riders to have won both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España in the same season. “Previous years, the Vuelta felt like an afterthought,” said Froome. “This year we’ve thought about it a lot. We’re going there with a sense of mission and I just want to have a real shot at it.”

So far so good for Froome, who took the red jersey after the third stage on Monday and went on to extended his lead over the week. He hasn’t won a stage yet but he did not win any at the Tour either and that didn’t end too badly.

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Why I don’t think Chris Froome will win a fifth Tour de France | William Fotheringham

Team Sky’s champion never looked dominant in the 2017 race despite a lack of seasoned contenders and, at 32, he cannot go on defying the years

With no disrespect to Chris Froome immediately after his fourth Tour de France win I do not believe the Team Sky leader will make it five and thus join the ranks of the immortals: Indurain, Merckx, Hinault and Anquetil – not next year and probably not the year after. I appreciate that accusations that I am indulging in anti-Team Sky, anti-Froome wishful thinking will flood in but I would like to think the judgment is based on logical analysis as well as emotion. That is not emotion in the tear‑your‑hair‑out sense but on the feeling you get in your bones.

This was not actually the closest of the Froome Tours: that was 2015, when Nairo Quintana had the form to win and might well have done so if Movistar had been more dynamic before unleashing him at L’Alpe d’Huez. However, the 2017 race was a Tour in which Froome never looked dominant. Not winning a stage is not a sign of a lack of charisma – winning bike races is hardly simple, as everyone knows – but it is usually an indication that a champion is not quite what he was.

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Tour de France 2017: how the race unfolded – video

The 2017 Tour de France will live long in the memory after featuring numerous moments of high drama. From Peter Sagan’s controversial disqualification and Richie Porte’s crash during stage nine to Warren Barguil winning on the Izoard and Chris Froome collecting his fourth yellow jersey. Here, watch how the 2017 Tour unfolded

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‘I deserve the jersey’: Michael Matthews’ sprint crown a lesson in virtues of perseverance | Kieran Pender

To the uncharitable, he is the Steven Bradbury of Australian cycling but the green jersey winner’s success at the Tour de France was no fluke

After a decade-long drought, the Tour de France green jersey is back on the shoulders of an Australian cyclist. Following a relaxed ride around the streets of Paris on Sunday, Michael Matthews – resplendent in the maillot vert – placed 11th in the iconic c finale. With his sprint classification win already secured, it was a respectable conclusion to an impressive three-week campaign.

To the uncharitable, he is the Steven Bradbury of Australian cycling. But Matthews’ success at the Tour de France was no fluke. While he benefited from the early disqualification of Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel’s late withdrawal, Matthews is a deserving wearer of the green jersey. When Kittel retired midway through the Tour’s final week, his Australian rival was a mere nine points behind. And, as the winner himself says, “ultimately you have to get to Paris”.

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Chris Froome: ‘I’d like to be here for the next five years, trying to win’

• British rider wants to race into his late thirties after fourth Tour de France win
• Froome is now one title away from equalling record number of Tour victories

Chris Froome, with his fourth Tour de France in the bag thanks to one of the strongest final weeks he can remember putting in, is now likely to move on to the Tour of Spain, depending on his form.

Related: Tour de France 2017: final stage – as it happened

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Chris Froome wins fourth Tour de France title – video highlights

Chris Froome has won his fourth Tour de France title, finishing 54 seconds ahead of Rigoberto Uran. This year’s race was only the seventh time a Tour has been won by a rider who failed to win a single stage. Froome wins his third Tour in a row, with only four riders having won more overall.

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