Froome finished 12th overall at the Criterium du Dauphine yesterday, four minutes 25 seconds behind winner Andrew Talansky from America, though had led the week-long race until the penultimate stage and finished with the green points jersey.
His latest disappointment follows accusations that the Team Sky rider was granted use of a steroid to treat the after effects of a chest infection without the UCI following correct procedure when issuing a Therapeutic Use Exemption.
But the UCI said: “The TUE was granted for a limited period, following the usual procedure. The UCI wishes to emphasise that under the applicable rules any rider with the same symptoms as Christopher Froome would have receieved a similar TUE.”
Froome is set to begin the defence of his Tour de France crown next month, with the first stage of 21 from Leeds to Harrogate on 5 July, one of three stages to be held in England.