In June, five-time Tour winner Hinault had called for the peloton to strike if Froome started the race.
“It’s up to the international authorities [WADA, UCI] who allowed him to line up for the start of the Tour to resolve any problems arising from it,” said Hinault. “They haven’t thought through the consequences, but it’s serious.
“The other day I was with a youth cycling coach, and before races parents have been giving Ventolin [asthma inhalers] to children who aren’t sick. That’s what’s happened. People copy what the stars do.
“As for Froome, he’s still at the Tour, and I wish him all the best, as he’s up against a lot of people who don’t want him there,” Hinault continued. “Mentally, it must be tough to have all those people booing.
“But that’s his problem – not mine.”
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