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Chris Froome (Team Sky) speaks to the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Sky) speaks to the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France
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Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France
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Team Sky mechanic getting the time trial bikes ready for the riders ahead of a training ride

Team Sky mechanic getting the time trial bikes ready for the riders ahead of a training ride
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Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France
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Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France
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Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France
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Chris Froome and Team Sky training ahead of the Tour de France

Chris Froome and Team Sky training ahead of the Tour de France
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Chris Froome and Team Sky training ahead of the Tour de France

Chris Froome and Team Sky training ahead of the Tour de France
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Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France
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Chris Froome and Team Sky training ahead of the Tour de France

Chris Froome and Team Sky training ahead of the Tour de France
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Chris Froome and Team Sky training ahead of the Tour de France

Chris Froome and Team Sky training ahead of the Tour de France
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Chris Froome and Team Sky training ahead of the Tour de France

Chris Froome and Team Sky training ahead of the Tour de France
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Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ahead of the Tour de France
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The press take images of Team Sky at a press conference ahead of the Tour de France

The press take images of Team Sky at a press conference ahead of the Tour de France
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Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) ahead of the 2018 Tour de France

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) ahead of the 2018 Tour de France
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France
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Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)

Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)
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Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France after Chris Froome is cleared from salbutamol case

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France after Chris Froome is cleared from salbutamol case
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Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France
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Team Sky presented at an official press conference ahead of the 2018 Tour de France

Team Sky presented at an official press conference ahead of the 2018 Tour de France
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Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France
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Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France
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The press assemble for a Team Sky press conference ahead of the Tour de France

The press assemble for a Team Sky press conference ahead of the Tour de France
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The press assemble for a Team Sky press conference ahead of the Tour de France

The press assemble for a Team Sky press conference ahead of the Tour de France
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France
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Wout Poels (Team Sky) ahead of the Tour de France

Wout Poels (Team Sky) ahead of the Tour de France
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Wout Poels (Team Sky) speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France

Wout Poels (Team Sky) speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France
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Team Sky riders chat at an outdoor press conference at the Tour de France

Team Sky riders chat at an outdoor press conference at the Tour de France
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Team Sky car parked at the official team press conference ahead of the 2018 Tour de France

Team Sky car parked at the official team press conference ahead of the 2018 Tour de France
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Team Ky at a more informal outdoor press event ahead of the Tour de France

Team Ky at a more informal outdoor press event ahead of the Tour de France
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Team Sky official vehicle ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky official vehicle ahead of the Tour de France
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Team Sky riders ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky riders ahead of the Tour de France
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France
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Team Sky riders assemble at a press conference ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky riders assemble at a press conference ahead of the Tour de France
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Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France
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Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford and Chris Froome speak to the press ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford and Chris Froome speak to the press ahead of the Tour de France
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France
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Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Sky) meets with the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France
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Chris Froome and Team Sky assembled in front of journalists and photographers in what was a jam-packed official team press conference ahead of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France on Wednesday.

Held just outside the Vendée town of Saint-Mars-la-Réorthe, Froome and team manager Dave Brailsford spoke to members of the media and addressed questions about Froome's recently-closed salbutamol case as well as the upcoming race set to begin on Saturday in Noirmoutier-en-L'Île.

On Monday, the UCI, with advice from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), closed a ninth-month case against Froome, after the Briton had produced an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for salbutamol at the Vuelta a España last year. Froome is now clear to attempt to win a fifth Tour de France title, and a fourth consecutive Grand Tour after he won last year's Tour and Vuelta, and the Giro d'Italia in May.

Tour de France organisers ASO tried to block Froome from racing, but dropped the motion after the UCI cleared him of any wrongdoing. In a press release on Tuesday, Sky revealed the team that would support Froome at this year's Tour de France to include Egan Bernal, Jonathan Castroviejo, Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon, Luke Rowe, Wout Poels and Geraint Thomas.

Outside of the press conference, the team also took an opportunity to go for a training ride on their time trial bikes while wearing the new black and white Sky Ocean Rescue kits that will be worn during the Tour de France.

Look through the gallery above to view images from Team Sky's official pre-Tour de France press conference and training ride.

Check back at Cyclingnews for more from the Team Sky press conference.