UCI's Lappartient: Team Sky should suspend Froome during probe
Team Sky should suspend Chris Froome, the four-times Tour de France champion, while doping allegations against him are investigated, according to David Lappartient, the recently-elected president of the UCI, cycling’s world governing body.
Lappartient said: “Sky should suspend Froome. It’s what I hope for and it would be logical. It would be wise for him not to race. It’s up to Dave Brailsford [the Team Sky principal] to take responsibility.”
Froome failed a doping test on the way to winning last year’s Vuelta a Espana, but has said that the UCI was “absolutely right” to request information about his use of asthma medication at the race.
The Team Sky rider is reported to have had double the allowed level of the asthma drug Salbutamol in his system, but claimed that he was within the limit. The use of Salbutamol is permitted, but within certain doses, without a so-called ‘therapeutic use exemption’.
Froome was notified of the ‘adverse analytical finding’ on 20 September, but has not been suspended while the UCI carries out its enquiries.
There has been criticism of Froome from some other riders, who have said that he should be withdrawn from competition until te case is resolved, and Lappartient said: “I think that’s what the other riders want. They’re fed up with the damage to the sport’s image.”
However, he warned that “it’s going to be a long legal battle,” adding: “This could last a year.”