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Froome dismisses Lance Armstrong’s return to France for charity ride, Thomas more critical

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Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome ride stage 10 of the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome ride stage 10 of the Tour de France
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Lance Armstrong was given a special exception to the rules so he could race the 2009 Tour Down Under

Lance Armstrong was given a special exception to the rules so he could race the 2009 Tour Down Under
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Chris Froome puts on the yellow jersey after stage 11.

Chris Froome puts on the yellow jersey after stage 11. (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) raced in 2009 for his comeback for the Tour de France

Lance Armstrong (Astana) raced in 2009 for his comeback for the Tour de France (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has dismissed Lance Armstrong’s presence in France to ride stages of the Tour de France a day before the race as a “non-event”, with his teammate Geraint Thomas even more critical, suggesting that the riders in the current peloton are paying the price for the damage Armstrong did to the sport in the past.

Armstrong will team up with cancer survivor and British professional soccer player Geoff Thomas on Thursday and Friday to ride stages 13 and 14 of the Tour de France with other volunteers. The ride will be the closest Armstrong has come to the Tour de France since his seven Tour de France victories were eradicated from the record books after the detailed USADA doping investigation exposed years of doping.

Thomas is convinced Armstrong has a right to return to France during the Tour de France and can play a role in raising funds to help fight cancer. His critics, including UCI president Brian Cookson, are not convinced.

Armstrong is hoping for forgiveness and warm welcome in France, but Froome and Thomas made their thoughts on his return to France very clear.

“He’s not back at the Tour," Froome pointed out. "He’s not on the start line of the Tour de France or anything like that."