Froome to compete in Andalucia despite doping investigation

FILE - In this Thursday Dec. 14, 2017 file photo, four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome of Britain smiles while training in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain. Team Sky on Monday Feb. 5, 2018 named Chris Froome in its line-up for 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. (AP Photo/Joan Llado, File)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — 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.”