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Chris Froome’s absence from Tour Down Under “puzzling”, says Brian Cookson

Chris Froome’s absence from Tour Down Under “puzzling”, says Brian Cookson

The British rider arrives in Australia just after the Tour Down Under finishes, something the UCI President thinks is an odd decision Photo: Graham Watson UCI President Brian Cookson has labelled Chris Froome ’s decision to skip the Tour Down Under despite coming to Adelaide, South Australia as “puzzling”.

Froome is set to arrive in Australia on Monday, a day after the first WorldTour event of the season finishes for a training block under the guidance of Team Sky head of athlete performance Tim Kerrison.

The 30-year-old has ambitions at the Tour de France , Rio Olympics and the Vuelta a España this year and has opted for a more subdued start to the season at the Herald Sun Tour in Victoria next month.

The absence of marquee international riders competing at the Tour Down Under has been a point of discussion during the race. It’s been made perhaps more imperative in light of UCI WorldTour reforms that key stakeholder ASO has rejected and pulled its events , including the Tour de France, from in an ongoing turf war.

We spoke to Chris Froome ahead of the 2016 season

“It’s an odd decision by Team Sky I have to say,” Cookson said.“It’s […]

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