Chris Froome in the clear
The UCI governing body has announced that the case is closed against Chris Froome.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) accepted that Froome’s sample from the 2017 Vuelta a España – which showed a high level of salbutamol – did not constitute an adverse analytical finding, the UCI said in its statement.
This announcement came just after the Tour de France organisers blocked his entry into the race, due to start on Saturday.
The statement said “The UCI has considered all the relevant evidence in detail (in consultation with its own experts and experts from Wada….On 28 June 2018, Wada informed the UCI that it would accept, based on the specific facts of the case, that Mr Froome’s sample results do not constitute an AAF.
“In light of Wada’s unparalleled access to information and authorship of the salbutamol regime, the UCI has decided, based on Wada’s position, to close the proceedings against Mr Froome.
“Whilst the UCI would have obviously preferred the proceedings to have been finalised earlier in the season, it had to ensure that Mr Froome had a fair process, as it would have done with any other rider, and that the correct decision was issued. Having received Wada’s position on 28 June 2018, the UCI prepared and issued its formal reasoned decision as quickly as possible in the circumstances.”
In response to the statement Froome said: “I am very pleased that the UCI has exonerated me. While this decision is obviously a big deal for me and the team, it’s also an important moment for cycling. I understand the history of this great sport – good and bad. I have always taken my leadership position very seriously and I always do things the right way. I meant it when I said that I would never dishonour a winner’s jersey and that my results would stand the test of time.
“I have never doubted that this case would be dismissed for the simple reason that I have known throughout I did nothing wrong. I have suffered with asthma since childhood. I know exactly what the rules are regarding my asthma medication and I only ever use my puffer to manage my symptoms within the permissible limits. I appreciate more than anyone else the frustration at how long the case has taken to resolve and the uncertainty this has caused. I am glad it’s finally over.”
Froome is now free to participate in the 2018 Tour de France.
Source - The Guardian, BBC News
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