Chris Froome struggles against the backdrop of failed drug test

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• Four-times Tour de France winner finishes 10th in Ruta del Sol
• Race was Froome’s first since news of failed drug test broke

Chris Froome admitted feeling below par as he finished the Ruta del Sol in 10th place overall but Team Sky were happy with his performance given the backdrop of a continuing battle to rescue his reputation.

Froome was surprisingly slow on the 14.2km time-trial which began and concluded in Barbate on Spain’s Costa de la Luz, the finale of a five‑stage race which was his first since a failed drug test last year became public knowledge. The four-times Tour de France winner finished 27 seconds behind his team-mate David De La Cruz, who recorded his first stage victory for Team Sky.

Related: Time for Chris Froome and Sky to rebuild the people's trust | Richard Williams

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