2. 00.04 Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme stands to address the room
3. 00.12 Prudhomme
4. 00.20 Prudhomme and Thomas Voeckler (former rider) pose in front of 2018 Paris-Nice course map
5. 01.27 SOUNDBITE (French): Christian Prudhomme, Tour de France director:
(On four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome being found to have double the allowed level of legal asthma drug salbutamol in his urine after a test at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana)
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"I already said what I was thinking about it, we hope to have an answer as soon as possible, we don't dream, but a quick answer to avoid polluting the season even if Froome wasn't planning to race before the Tour of France, but of course we hope to get this answer as fast as possible, to move away from ambiguity, no doubt."
Reporter: What do you think about arguments from the team (Froome's team - Team Sky)?
"I don't want to make any bullshit on Chris Froome today, I can only tell you that we hope for a quick answer as fast as possible. The investigation will be made strongly by the new president of UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale), I have no doubt. That is what we want, we need to move away from the shadow, from ambiguity and we hope as fast as possible. "
6. 01.12 Cutaway
7. 01.17 Former rider Thomas Voeckler answering questions
8. 01.22 SOUNDBITE (French): Thomas Voeckler, former rider:
(On about Chris Froome case, what does it mean for pro cycling?)
"So, a sport that was pointed out for years rightly I think (for doping), now the sport is exemplary with all the means anti-doping and anti-doping policy employed for years. I really think pro cycling can be recommended as an example. It's not because if there is one case (of doping), that everybody is cheating. I think we find (doping) where we look for it (guilty riders are exposed). It is a sign of good health for pro cycling. Of course the reputation is damaged but I am here to defend pro cycling because I do believe pro cycling did change a lot. All the experts, like the media, like me, knows cycling has changed so much. it's a sport that may be cited as example."
9. 02.03 Mid shot of Christian Prudhomme Director of tour de France
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme attended the presentation of the 2018 Paris-Nice route on Tuesday (9th January) and voiced his anxiety that the ongoing doping suspicion surrounding Chris Froome risks "polluting" the new cycling season.
The route for the 2018 Paris-Nice was announced on Tuesday, but the presentation competed for attention with the continued controversy surrounding four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome and his recent failed doping test.
Froome failed a test during the Spanish Vuelta in September and is facing a suspension from cycling ahead of his attempt to win a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title next year.
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme spoke at the presentation in Versailles and was swarmed by questions concerning Froome's future.
Prudhomme voiced his concerns that the case could overshadow the new cycling year.
"We hope to have an answer as soon as possible, we don't dream, but a quick answer to avoid polluting the season."
"I don't want to make any bullshit on Chris Froome today," he added.
Froome won his fourth Tour title this year and followed it with a victory at the Vuelta.
His team, Team Sky, who have not suspended Froome, said the British rider had a concentration of asthma drug salbutamol two times higher than the World Anti-Doping Agency's permitted levels.
They said that they have been informed by the International Cycling Union (UCI) that the urine test was taken on 7th September, during the three-week Spanish Vuelta.
Froome said the UCI has asked him to provide information about the failed test, which was taken after Stage 18.
Froome's use of asthma medication has been well documented, and the Kenyan-born rider has often been spotted using inhalers in the peloton.
He has repeatedly faced questions on whether he is a clean rider, especially during the Tour de France, and has always denied wrongdoing.
Salbutamol is a drug that helps expand lung capacity and can be used as a performance-enhancing drug to increase endurance.
Team Sky said Froome had to take an increased dosage of salbutamol without exceeding the permissible dose after he "experienced acute asthma symptoms" during the final week of the Vuelta.
If found guilty of doping, the 32-year-old Froome could lose his Vuelta title and be suspended for a long period.
Sprinter Alessandro Petacchi was suspended for one year for testing positive for salbutamol during the 2007 Giro d'Italia.
The eight-day Paris-Nice race will consists of 27 climbs and a total distance of 1,187-kilometres, finishing with a 10km hilly stage around Nice.
It will be held between 4th-11th March.
The 2017 crown was won by Froome's Team Sky teammate Sergio Henao.
A start list for the 2018 edition has yet to be released.