Tour de France 2018: Chris Froome jeered at pre-race event

Tom Dumoulin came around a hairpin only seven seconds behind the maglia rosa group

Tom Dumoulin came around a hairpin only seven seconds behind the maglia rosa group

"It wasn't even technically an "AAF" (adverse analytical finding) and few people understood this subtle difference".

On the eve of the start of the Tour, the British rider who was jeered when he was presented to French cycling fans on Thursday, said he was relieved that cycling authorities this week ended a probe into doping suspicions surrounding the four-times victor.

"Of course it has been damaging", he said when asked about his reputation.

"Now I just want to draw a line in the sand and move on", said the four-time champion, who won the Giro d'Italia in May.

With the Salbutamol case behind him, Froome starts as the race favourite but was under no illusions as to the challenge ahead of him once the race starts with Saturday's stage from Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile to Fontenay-le-Comte.

"I think they put it out there in the hope that people will under fuel", Porte said.

Freshly cleared of doping, the Team Sky rider was booed at by the crowd at the Tour teams presentation on Thursday.

"We knew Chris was innocent from the start and it was very bad the way this information that should never have been released was leaked".

"So it is with a little bit of extra pride that I'm part of this team leading into this Tour".

"But we're all pros, we know how to fuel, we don't need to read online what Sky say they're doing". The online advocates for violence have called for actions against the rider, despite having been cleared by the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency for the Salbutamol case.

BBC Sport published a large tranche of data released by the team relating to Froome's preparation for the stage, and his refuelling plan and power output during it.

Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford praised Chris Froome's attitude throughout the International Cycling Union (UCI) investigation into a doping sample, insisting his lead rider deserves a lot of credit.

I was here in 2011 with Alberto Contador, who crushed it in the Giro and was fifth - which is nothing to sneeze at - but couldn't back it up in the Tour. "At any football game, when the opposing team arrives, or in a basketball venue when a shooter takes a free throw, or in rugby when a player takes a penalty, we hear the same things". "It's something I've never done before so it's completely unknown to me".

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