Kennaugh wins Alpe d’Huez stage at Criterium du Dauphine

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L’ALPE D’HUEZ, France — Britain’s Peter Kennaugh soloed to victory at the top of the Alpe d’Huez to claim his second stage win at the Criterium du Dauphine on Saturday.

Kennaugh, who posted his maiden stage win in the warmup race for the Tour de France in 2015, escaped from the main breakaway group with Ben Swift and then dropped his compatriot with three kilometers (2 miles) left.

Richie Porte retained the race leader’s jersey and increased his lead over Chris Froome.

Kennaugh launched the breakaway in the first climb of the day, the Cote de Berland.

Behind the leaders, Porte attacked in the final kilometer and distanced both Alberto Contador and Froome.

Porte now has a lead of 1 minute, 2 seconds over three-time Tour de France winner Froome. Jakob Fuglsang is in third place, 1:15 off the pace.

Sunday’s final stage is another grueling trek across the Alps, finishing atop the beyond category climb of Plateau de Solaison.

Froome finishes 10th in Ruta del Sol, Wellens wins

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MADRID (AP) Chris Froome finished Spain’s Ruta del Sol race in 10th place behind winner Tim Wellens on Sunday.

The five-stage race in southern Spain was Froome’s first event since the four-time Tour de France winner was found to have failed a doping test at last year’s Spanish Vuelta.

Froome, who denies any wrongdoing, has been ordered to explain to the International Cycling Union why a urine sample he provided at the Spanish Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol at twice the permitted level.

Wellens, a Belgian rider for Lotto-Soudal, defended his lead over the final day’s time trial.

Wout Poels, of Froome’s Sky Team, was second at eight seconds behind.

Froome, who won the event in 2015, finished 1 minute, 57 seconds behind. He started the time trial on the final day in 14th after a puncture toward the end of Saturday’s fourth stage.

Froome returns to racing despite doping investigation

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MALAGA, Spain (AP) Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome is returning to racing on Wednesday despite being under investigation by cycling’s world governing body for failing a doping test.

Froome is participating in the five-day Ruta del Sol in southern Spain, an event he won in 2015.

“I know I have done nothing wrong, that’s my starting point,” Froome said. “There is a process in place for me to be up to demonstrate that, and that’s obviously what I intend to do.”

Froome has been ordered to explain to the International Cycling Union why a urine sample he provided at the Spanish Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol at twice the permitted level.

He said he has received a lot of support from other riders so far, and that he is trying to solve the issue as fast as possible.

“I do believe that when all the facts are out there I think people will see it from my point of view,” Froome said.

If found guilty of doping, the British rider could lose his Vuelta title and be suspended for a long period.