Rome — Chris Froome’s stunning Giro d’Italia victory should put him among the pantheon of cycling greats but the British rider’s results are likely to remain contentious for a long time, perhaps beyond the Tour de France in which he intends to defend his title. Ironically, Froome was congratulated on Sunday by former rival Alberto Contador as he stood on the top of the podium in Rome. The parallel between the two riders is obvious — the Briton could suffer the same fate as the Spaniard, who was stripped of his Giro 2011 victory for a positive doping control from the previous year. The 33-year-old Froome was competing in the gruelling three-week race through Italy despite an ongoing investigation after returning an adverse analytical finding during his 2017 Vuelta a Espana win. Froome, whose lawyers have used all sorts of experts to find flaws in the antidoping test that showed double the level of the asthma drug salbutamol allowed, said on the Giro: "I hope for the fastest decision ...

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