Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta title as Cobo is stripped of victory

By Christopher Devine 18 July 2019 5
Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta title as Cobo is stripped of victory

Chris Froome has been awarded victory in the 2011 Vuelta a Espana after the International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed the suspension of original winner Juan Jose Cobo for a doping offence.

Cobo was found guilty of a violation of the UCI's anti-doping rules based on irregularities found in his biological passport in 2009 and 2011.

A three-year ban for Cobo has been confirmed after a deadline for the now-retired rider to appeal expired.

As a result, the Spaniard has been disqualified from the 2011 Vuelta - along with the 2009 Vuelta and UCI road world championships of the same year - meaning Froome has been retrospectively awarded his seventh Grand Tour title.

Froome, who is absent from the ongoing Tour de France after sustaining serious injuries in a recent crash, welcomed the news in a statement released by Team INEOS.

"The Vuelta in 2011 was in many ways my breakthrough race, so this red jersey is special for me. I guess it's extra special too, because - even though it's eight years on - it was Britain's first Grand Tour win [before Bradley Wiggins won the 2012 Tour de France]," said Froome.

"The Vuelta is a race I love and I have always felt a great connection with it and the Spanish fans."

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