Froome won his fourth Tour de France title in July, before winning the Vuelta a Espana in September

Chris Froome says he is prepared to race the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France even if the investigation into his adverse drugs test is unresolved.

Froome competes in the Ruta del Sol this week in his first race since the case became public in December.

The Team Sky rider, 32, is targeting a third straight Grand Tour title at the Giro in May.

“I hope it doesn’t get that far but I’m still allowed to race now and I don’t see why not,” he told BBC Sport.

The four-time Tour de France winner has to explain to cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, how he returned double the allowed level of legal asthma drug Salbutamol in his urine during his Vuelta a Espana victory in September.

There is no mandatory ban in this type of case and riders usually respond in private, but UCI president David Lappartient has said Team Sky should suspend Froome