• UCI president said it would be ‘disaster’ for Froome to ride the Tour
• Team Sky cyclist is challenging a failed drugs test from 2017
Chris Froome has criticised the head of cycling’s world governing body for speaking publicly about his 2017 failed drugs test.
The four-times Tour de France winner defended his decision to continue to compete while he challenges an adverse finding from the Vuelta a España last September, which indicated double the permitted level of the asthma drug salbutamol in his system.
• Former drug cheat says ‘no ambiguity’ over triamcinolone
• Landis adds Team Sky chief Brailsford must take responsibility
Floyd Landis said the only people who still believe in Team Sky are those who think the US president, Donald Trump, is telling the truth as the former cyclist called for Sir Bradley Wiggins to be stripped of his 2012 Tour de France title. The American, a one-time doper turned informant, delivered a scathing assessment of Wiggins and the Team Sky principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, who remained silent amid further calls for his resignation.
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• Christian Prudhomme says race organisers need position clarified
• Froome is still free to race pending response over failed drug test
The race director of the Tour de France has criticised the lack of a decision on Chris Froome’s failed drug test, calling the delay “grotesque”.
Froome has won the Tour de France four times but it is understood Christian Prudhomme does not want the Briton at this year’s race while his anti-doping case is unresolved.
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• Froome returned adverse analytical finding last September in Spain
• Froome and Team Sky say legal dose can lead to adverse results
One of Chris Froome’s most likely defences against a possible anti-doping charge does not appear to be supported by UK Anti-Doping data released via a freedom of information request.
The Team Sky cyclist returned a urine sample with twice the allowed concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol – what is known as an adverse analytical finding (AAF) – during his winning ride at the Vuelta a España last September.
• Team Sky rider claims media has hyped up story of failed drug test
• Wout Poels retains lead with Froome 28sec adrift after stage three
Chris Froome bristled at the suggestion his first race of the season was providing a mental escape from the fight to clear his name as he maintained seventh place in the Ruta del Sol.
The 32-year-old insisted it was business as usual and confirmed he will do a warm-up race in March as he continues his preparation for the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.
• Doper turned informant Floyd Landis calls marginal gains ‘just great PR’
• Former US Postal rider says ‘zero tolerance’ policy has crumbled
Floyd Landis has launched a stinging attack on Team Sky, claiming the idea of marginal gains and a zero tolerance policy is a facade and “just great PR”. The former American rider who turned informant after testing positive for drugs himself scoffed at possible explanations for Chris Froome’s failed test and expects the fallout to be a death knell for Team Sky after eight years at the top.
Former US Postal Service rider Landis, who won the Tour de France in 2006 before being told of a positive test for testosterone 72 hours later, contributed to the downfall of Lance Armstrong with his testimony of widespread doping in cycling.