World of cycling still shocked by Chris Froome's adverse analytical finding
Dec 14 2017 09:24 pm CET

World of cycling still shocked by Chris Froome's adverse analytical finding
World of cycling still shocked by Chris Froome's adverse analytical finding
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas /

The world of cycling continues to react to the news of the adverse doping result of Chris Froome during the 2017 Vuelta a España. Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema, Katusha-Alpecin's Tony Martin, Movistar Manager Eusebio Unzué and former cyclist Alessandro Petacchi joined in to comment on the case.

Mollema reacted at the presentation of Trek-Segafredo's new kit in Italy. "It's bad news, and of course it has more impact than one of the other riders," he said to Dutch broadcaster NOS. "You don't expect this from someone who has been around for such a long time, someone who has had hundreds of checks in his career, so this is a crazy result. Froome and Sky have things to explain."

Petacchi also had a positive result for Salbutamol and has a different view on things. "Chris Froome knows they are controlling him every day," he said to magazine Cycling Weekly. "You need to consider whether there’s another way of using it because that’s a high value, but is there a physiological way of getting there? Was he dehydrated, et cetera? I wonder if that’s what happened to me.

"As it is today, you can maybe substitute it with something else or another therapy, I felt better after I did so. It doesn’t help you anyway, only if you have an attack, it takes you up to where you were before, not improving your performance," the Italian concluded.

Martin showed his discontent on his own Facebook page. "I’m totally angry. In the case of Chris Froome, a double standard is definitely measured," he wrote. "Other athletes are immediately suspended after a positive sample. He and his team were given, by the UCI, time to explain themselves. I do not know any such case in the recent past. This is a scandal, especially since he should not have been able to compete in the world championships.

"Our credibility and our great sport are at stake. We need a consistent and transparent approach from the UCI. What’s going on here is inconsistent, unprofessional, and unfair."

Movistar boss Unzué reacted during the team's presentation, saying that he is still in shock. "It is something very sad. In cycling, we are always making big efforts to stop these things from happening but mistakes keep happening," he commented to Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

"It is very hard and I know they are the first ones that are suffering, but the rest of the cycling world is too. At the end, he is a big example."




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