Tony Martin: I now understand that Chris Froome did not get any special treatment
Dec 16 2017 11:43 pm CET

Tony Martin: I now understand that Chris Froome did not get any special treatment

Katusha-Alpecin's Tony Martin has rectified after writing a rant on his Facebook page against the UCI and Chris Froome because of the Team Sky rider's adverse analytical finding.

After the news broke of Froome's AAF, which indicated that there was too much Salbutamol in his urine sample, Martin attacked the governing body because of a "double standard" in favour of the four-time Tour de France winner. "I received a lot of feedback about my comment of yesterday," he wrote.

"I even got a phone call from a UCI representative who took the time to clarify how the process had been handled. I now understand that the UCI is managing this case in accordance with the rules and that Chris Froome did not get any special treatment. According to the rules, in a case involving a specified substance, every athlete shall have the chance to explain whether the numbers can be due to natural causes."

The rider has been an advocate against doping and was one of the three German riders, along with John Degenkolb and Marcel Kittel, to sign a commitment to stay clean in retribution of the German media covering the Tour de France after the big doping scandals. "That said, I am always very angry when another case in relation to anti-doping happens in our sport," he continued.

"I will, as I always did, continue to take a strong position regarding the fight against doping and I will always remain an outspoken advocate for a 100% clean sport."

The first message of Martin was written in German and the second in English.
Photo of Tony Martin (cropped) winning stage 2 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana © Mary Cárdenas /



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