Chris Froome says report of plea bargain over failed drug test ‘completely untrue’

• Team Sky rider denies he is willing to accept six-month ban
• Froome still committed to finding reason for failed test at Vuelta

Chris Froome has denied he is ready to accept a six-month ban from cycling by admitting negligence following his failed drug test last year.

The four-times Tour de France winner reacted to a claim in an Italian newspaper that he was preparing to accept the six-month sanction as a plea bargain on the advice of his wife, Michelle, who is also his manager. The article suggested he would agree to an “acceptance of consequences” deal in order to avoid the case reaching an independent anti-doping trial.

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