Froome to compete in Andalucia despite doping investigation

Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome of Britain rides while training in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain, Thursday Dec. 14, 2017. (Joan Llado/AP)

MANCHESTER, England — Chris Froome will compete in the five-day Ruta del Sol in Andalucia this month despite being under investigation by cycling’s world governing body for failing a doping test.

Team Sky named the Tour de France champion Monday in its lineup for the Feb. 14-18 race, which he won in 2015.

Froome has been ordered to explain to the International Cycling Union why a urine sample he provided at the Spanish Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol at twice the permitted level. If found guilty of doping, the 32-year-old British rider could lose his Vuelta title and be suspended for a long period.

Froome says "I understand that this situation has created a lot of uncertainty" and is "confident that we will be able to get to the bottom of what has happened."

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