Froome refers to adverse finding after being picked by Team Sky for…

Chris Froome made reference to the ongoing furore surrounding his participation in the Giro d’Italia as the Briton was named in Team Sky’s squad for the race, which begins in Jerusalem next week.

The 32-year-old is under scrutiny over an adverse finding for elevated levels of salbutamol at last year’s La Vuelta, which he won.

As the asthma medication is a specified substance, the four-time Tour de France winner can continue racing and he continues to deny wrongdoing, bidding to prove his use of the substance was legitimate.

Chris Froome has been named by Team Sky to compete in the Giro d´Italia (Team Sky)

It’s just one week until the start of #Giro101 and we’re excited to announce our lineup, led by @chrisfroome:@iamdlax @KennyElissonde @chrisfroome @sergiohenaoofic
Vasil Kiryienka @ChristianKnees @WoutPoels @SalvatorePuccio pic.twitter.com/xvlGVw2ImV

– Team Sky (@TeamSky) April 27, 2018 The Giro begins on May 4, with the first three stages in Israel, and concludes in Rome on May 27, with Froome bidding to be the winner of all three Grand Tours – of France, Spain and Italy – at the same time.

Whether Froome will line up to target a fifth yellow jersey at the Tour in July will likely be decided by administrators, lawyers and experts considering the salbutamol reading which has left a series of questions unanswered.

“Of course there is an element of risk involved in targeting the Giro before the Tour, but I think I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didn’t give this race a go,” Froome said.

“I also recognise the wider issues and as I have said before I am doing everything I can, together with the team, to help resolve them as quickly as possible.

“There is an element of risk involved in targeting the Giro before the Tour, but I think I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didn’t give this race a go” – @chrisfroome #Giro101

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