Chris Froome is confident he will clear his name and said there is no chance he will be absent when the Tour de France starts next week.
The legendary Bernard Hinault is among those to have stated in no uncertain terms that Froome should have been banned for an adverse analytical finding.
Team Sky rider Froome tested above the permitted limit for asthma medication salbutamol at the Vuelta a Espana last year, but completed a Grand Tour clean sweep at the Giro d’Italia last month with an UCI investigation ongoing.
Froome reiterated that he is not guilty of any wrongdoing as he goes in search of a fifth Tour de France title in the last six editions of the prestigious race.
“Definitely. I have done nothing wrong here. I have every right to be racing.” Froome told Sky Sports News.
“Through this process, I am allowed to demonstrate that I have done nothing wrong and I am fully expecting to be exonerated by the end of this process.”
Froome said he will be prepared for hostilities when he starts the Tour a week on Saturday.
“Over the years, we have always had a small crowd who aren’t happy to see us, for whatever reason.” the Brit added.
“We have always come up against adversity over the years. That is something you deal with in the moment. Hopefully that doesn’t interfere with the race.”