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Team Sky and Chris Froome booed at TdF team presentation

10 July 2018

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme urges fans to "keep both feet on the ground" when four-time champion Chris Froome rides by.

And though Team Sky missed out on victory - and a chance to put Geraint Thomas in the yellow jersey - Froome was able to eradicate the deficit to numerous other contenders.

That was despite French rider Romain Bardet calling for fans to show Froome and Sky respect.

German cycling great Tony Martin criticised the UCI for its handling of the Froome case.

He was under investigation for having more than the allowed level of legal asthma drug salbutamol in his urine.

But Froome still received a less-than-welcoming reception from the crowd at La Roche-sur-Yon as he and his Team Sky teammates were presented, highlighting that the home crowd are not willing to accept WADA's verdict.

"Obviously it's not nice when people are booing you but it's not like it's the whole crowd, it's just a few very vocal people", he told Sky Sports News.

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Chris Froome maintained his innocence during a UCI investigation into a doping sample, impressing Dave Brailsford in the process.

During the investigation, Tour organisers Amaury Sport Organisation reportedly said they did not want Froome involved in the race while his case was ongoing.

Then on Thursday, rival Bardet - the host country's best hope - stressed: "The decision has been made by the authorities and it is all about respecting that decision".

A bead of sweat trickles down the forehead of Britain's Chris Froome as he warms up prior to the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race, a team time trial over 35.5 kilometers (22 miles) with start and finish in Cholet, France, Monday, July 9, 2018.

"It's also important to respect all the riders, including Chris Froome - he is a former Tour victor and a serious contender for the next title".

Froome said that he had been cleared of wrongdoing "after nine months of meticulous analysis" of the so-called adverse analytical finding (AAF).

Team Sky and Chris Froome booed at TdF team presentation