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by Mark Zalewski
February 22, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jules wins Tour de la Provence opener; Cycling Australia appoints former Victorian premier Steve Bracks to head board; One step at a time: Teenage phenom Adrien Costa looks to build on breakthrough season; Stig Broeckx continuing to make progress in recovery; Hearing delayed for doctor at centre of UK Anti-Doping investigation; Boardman: Froome is a statesman of the sport; Liège-Bastogne-Liège announces wildcard teams, route changes; First year team Aqua Blue Sport racking up wildcard invites; Pay to watch cycling from the roadside?; Emirates joins as sponsor of Team UAE Abu Dhabi; NASCAR champions ride for cyclist safety; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Marianne Vos; Space Horse Disc – Loaded Touring.
Despite the controversies that have either surrounded or involved Chris Froome in the last six months, including a leak of his Therapeutic Use Exemption certificates, former champion Chris Boardman said that his measured and reasoned responses has enhanced his reputation as the face of the sport.
Defending champion Chris Froome poses with some school kids before the start of stage 1 in Wangaratta.
“What I’ve found interesting about the last few months is that Froome has become more of a statesman for the sport,” Boardman told Reuters while attending the London Cycle Show.
“He is more comfortable in that role now. He’s clear on what he thinks and doesn’t contradict himself. I think Chris Froome has handled himself very well.”
“I think people have tried to infer things, spin what [Froome] said, which I think is unfair. But what he has said has been bang on.”
Froome has largely distanced himself from the Team Sky controversy involving former teammate Bradley Wiggins.
Click through to read more at Reuters.