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British Cycling chief executive disappointed news of Froome’s positive test was leaked

by VeloClub

Speaking to the Guardian, the newspaper which broke the story about Chris Froome’s adverse analytical finding for salbutamol, British Cycling’s chief executive has said she regretted the news becoming public.

“The issue in this case is that the process was leaked and while somebody is trying to prove either way why they had that adverse analytical finding it’s being debated in the court of public opinion,” she said. “That’s a blow to cycling’s reputation, the individual athlete’s reputation. You only need to look at Twitter feeds and the comments below articles and people will make up their own mind based on not having the full evidence, which is a shame.

“I would rather that information hadn’t been leaked and we were able to deal either with a situation where an athlete is banned and then as a national governing body it’s pretty clear what our position is. Or, alternatively, where the athlete was able to prove a real reason for that AAF and carry on with their careers as normal.”

A sample provided by Froome towards the end of the Vuelta a España showed that he had double the permitted limit of salbutamol in his system. He is facing the likely loss of his Vuelta title plus a possible ban as a result. The Guardian stated that British Cycling was made aware of the positive test, yet he was still selected for the world championships.

“Chris Froome isn’t banned and he is available for selection,” she said. “There is an option for an athlete to rule themselves out of being available for selection and Chris hasn’t chosen to do that so under the rules of racing he is available and it’s innocent until proven guilty.”

See the full Guardian article here, and see more in the BBC interview below.