UCI closes case against Chris Froome: We can all move on and focus on the Tour de France
Jul 02 2018 11:43 am CET

UCI closes case against Chris Froome: We can all move on and focus on the Tour de France
UCI closes case against Chris Froome: We can all move on and focus on the Tour de France
Photo of Chris Froome by the A.S.O.

The Union Cycliste Internationale has dismissed the case against Chris Froome. The World Anti-Doping Agency has accepted that the rider's levels of Salbutamol did not constitute an adverse analytical finding.

UCI's own experts and others from the WADA have studied the evidence provided by Froome and Team Sky and they reached the conclusion that the rider's high Salbutamol levels found on the past Vuelta a España are not an adverse analytical finding.

"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," said the UCI through a press release. "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."

The Briton and his team have welcomed the decision of the UCI. "I am very pleased that the UCI has exonerated me," said Froome in a press release. "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 from 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."

Now the rider looks at the immediate future. "I am grateful for all the support I have had from the Team and from many fans across the world. Today’s ruling draws a line. It means we can all move on and focus on the Tour de France."
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