BARCELONA – Eight years on, Chris Froome has been crowned winner of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana after Spain's Juan Jose Cobo was stripped of the title following a doping violation.
The now retired Cobo was found to have "abnormalities" in his biological passport between 2009 and 2011, prompting the International Cycling Union (UCI) to hand him a three-year suspension last month.
The 38-year-old did not appeal the decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport within the stipulated period of 30 days, paving the way for the UCI to award Froome his seventh Grand Tour title.
The retrospective update made Froome Britain's first Grand Tour winner, stripping that honour from compatriot Bradley Wiggins, who won the 2012 Tour de France.
Cobo's disqualification moved Wiggins up to second in the 2011 Vuelta while Dutch rider Bauke Mollema completed the revised podium.