Despite the anti-doping case currently hanging over him, Chris Froome has been moving through the gears in his pre-season training in South Africa but suffered a crash on Thursday, leaving him with some road rash.
The Team Sky rider has been racking up the kilometres since the turn of the year, but fell during a long ride on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Froome posted a photo on his Instagram account after the ride, showing abrasions to his left elbow and hip.
Team Sky confirmed that he had crashed, but said he came away with no injuries beyond road rash. His training schedule will not be affected.
Froome is currently in limbo as he prepares to try and prove to the anti-doping authorities that he didn’t exceed the permitted dosages for salbutamol, after twice the legal limit of the asthma drug was found in his urine in a test at the 2017 Vuelta a España.
As salbutamol is a ‘specified’ substance on WADA’s prohibited list, the Tour de France and Vuelta winner has not been provisionally suspended, and news of the case only emerged thanks to newspaper reports in the Guardian and Le Monde.
For Froome, it was business as usual while the affair was under wraps, as he announced his plans to target both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France this year. Now, with fellow pros and experts from various fields weighing in on the intricacies of his case, he is preparing as normal for the season ahead, despite the prospect of a ban that could wipe out a chunk – if not all – of it.
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