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by Matt de Neef
April 16, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Michael Valgren wins Amstel Gold from late attack; World champion Blaak outsprints Brand to win women’s Amstel Gold; Steele von Hoff takes gold in Commonwealth Games fairytale finish; Chloe Hosking sprints to Comm Games gold; Matthews devastated by bad luck in Amstel Gold Race; Multiple fractures for Lucy Kennedy after Amstel Gold crash; Froome doesn’t want to give a running commentary on salbutamol case; Fabio Felline sidelined until late May with toxoplasmosis; Bora extends sponsorship through 2021; HiRide tests smart suspension at the cobbled classics; What it takes to ride the break at Amstel Gold Race.
While Chris Froome’s salbutamol case rattles on behind closed doors, the Sky rider is about to start the Tour of the Alps as part of his lead-up to the Giro d’Italia. In the days before the five-stage Italian race, Froome was asked about where the case is up to.
“As I said from the beginning, this whole process was meant to have been confidential,” Froome said. “That’s no longer the case, so it’s not something I’m going to keep giving a running commentary on, and I don’t feel others should be doing that either.
“We are working as quickly as we can to get it resolved. I don’t have a timeline to give publicly but we’re following the process that has been set out to us by the UCI. Hopefully, we’ll have a resolution as soon as possible.”
While the case looks unlikely to be resolved before the Giro, Froome is planning to take the start in Israel on May 4. He’s not expecting any negativity from fans during the race.
“I’ve raced all over Europe this year and the support has been overwhelming. It has been quote touching actually, that people have reached out. Like I’ve already said, from the peloton too, the team has been a huge support too. Hopefully, we get to the bottom of this as soon as possible.”