Team Sky’s Chris Froome ready for first race since failed drugs test

• Froome failed drugs test last September but clear to race
• Briton has been training hard for Ruta del Sol

Chris Froome will compete for the first time since his failed drug test became public, beginning a five-stage race in Cala de Mijas on Wednesday, a fishing village on the Costa del Sol, popular with tourists for year-round sunshine and beachfront bars.

But this will be no holiday for the four times Tour de France winner. That much was clear when his rivals gathered to discuss the Ruta del Sol at the race headquarters, inside a municipal performing arts centre on Tuesday evening.

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