Organisers Make Move To Ban Chris Froome From The Tour De France

Chris Froome celebrates victory in 2017

Team Sky say they are confident Froome will be featuring at this year's Tour Credit PA

He has assembled an expensive legal team to present his case but is yet to propose a date for any hearing, and continues to insist that he is desperate for the affair to be resolved as soon as possible.

Team Sky responded with a statement saying his comments were "irresponsible and ill-informed".

Chris Froome riding last year's L'Etape Australia.

ASO have exercised their right to block the entry of any participant they feel could damage the reputation of the Tour de France.

Froome's victory at the Giro - after earlier wins in the Vuelta and Tour - meant he became only the seventh man to complete a Grand Tour hat-trick.

Le Monde says Team Sky has already lodged an appeal to the court of arbitration of the French Olympic Committee, which will debate the case on Tuesday and is expected to issue a decision on the following day.

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That compares to the World Anti-Doping Agency's threshold of 1,000 ng/ml.

However, French media reports that the Tour de France owners Amaury Sport Organisation have written to Team Sky telling them that Froome should not take part in the race.

According to the letter of the rules, Froome is authorised to ride until a final decision from the anti-doping tribunal of the International Cycling Union regarding his ongoing case.

He is to be defended by British sports lawyer Mike Morgan, a French speaker, before the UCI tribunal.

The Briton, a four-time Tour de France champion, has continued to compete and won this year's Giro d'Italia.

Team Sky have yet to unveil their eight-strong team. 'We don't want the organiser to take the decision'. It has to be black or white, positive or negative'.

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