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Tour of the Alps confirms debut of Chris Froome

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After the Ruta del Sol (14-18 February) and the Tirreno-Adriatico (march 7-13 march) the Tour of the Alps (16-20 april) the third stage race of the year for Chris Froome. That confirmed the organization of the Italian stage race (previously: Tour of Trentino). The four-time tour winner still in limbo after a positive test for salbutamol in the Tour of Spain last year.

For Froome the Tour of the Alps, the last stepping stone to participation in the Giro (4-27 may). It is for Froome to his first participation in the race, which last year ploegmakker Geraint Thomas was won. Also the previous years won with Richie Porte (2015) and Mikel Landa (2016) whenever a Sky rider.

In addition to Froome welcomes the Italian race, which will finish with two stages in Austria, Italian champion Fabio Aru, the French klimgeit Thibaut Pinot and the Colombian rondetalent Miguel Angel Lopez.

The investigation into the positive doping control of Chris Froome is still on-going. The Brit showed a high value of salbutamol in his urine recorded during the Vuelta of last year. UCI president David Lappartient had on Tuesday noted that he “fears” that the four-time tour winner in may just at the start of the Giro.

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