Chris Froome’s respite only brief before Ruta del Sol puncture

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• Froome welcomes diversion from controversy before fourth stage
• Late puncture puts British rider out of contention; he slips to 14th

Chris Froome has faced a grilling at every juncture of a race overtaken by debate around his involvement. The start of the penultimate stage of the Ruta del Sol was no different but this time it was Tim from Cheltenham asking the questions and he had little interest in discussing salbutamol.

With the grand central building of Seville’s Plaza de España behind him, Froome had his game face on, exchanging a few words with his team-mate Philip Deignan until Tim leaned over the metal barrier to employ the four-times Tour de France winner as his own personal travel guide.

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