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by Shane Stokes
February 15, 2018
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Riders have given their opinions about Chris Froome’s decision to line out on the Ruta del Sol, giving mixed reactions to his presence in the race. Speaking to CyclingPro, former world champion Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep Floors) said that he didn’t believe it was good for the sport.
“It’s hard to give one view on it,” he said in the video interview below. “But I personally think it’s a big mistake because there is still doubt hanging over. And out of respect for the other riders, he should refrain from racing.”
Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) was more middle of the road on things. “I’m going to talk without waffle,” he said. “I don’t think a lot about it. If the rule has been breached, then the governing bodies have to make a decision. He has to explain himself so that the governing bodies take the right decision. But it has to be coherent regarding other cases like this in the past.”
As for, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), he was more reserved in his answer. “I don’t really have an opinion, but if they (the race organisers) have enlisted him for the race, then that is that. That doesn’t depend on me. It depends on the UCI and his team. I’m not going to say any more than that.”
See the video below.