Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

January 7, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jack Bauer crowned New Zealand national time trial champion; Froome rejected TUE during 2015 Tour de France on ‘moral grounds’; Live stream: Hyde vs Powers at US National Cyclocross Championships; Study into traumatic injuries among pro and amateur racers has drawn nearly 400 participants; Fisher Price to launch high-tech exercise bike for toddlers; Video: Peter Sagan’s best moments of 2016.

Froome rejected TUE during 2015 Tour de France on ‘moral grounds’

by CyclingTips

Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome rejected a therapeutic use exemption to treat a medical condition during his 2015 Tour win on moral grounds, reports.

Froome, who was granted TUEs in May 2013 and April 2014 to treat asthma, was told he had a condition that required a TUE during the 2015 Tour. “I didn’t feel having a TUE in the last week of the Tour was something I was prepared to do,” he said. “It did not sit well morally with me.”

In 2013, Froome’s TUE allowed him to use prednisolone for his asthma for a week before winning the Criterium du Dauphine, while in 2014 he took it for a week during the Tour de Romandie, as he defended his title.

Since hacked information was released in September, Team Sky has come under fire for TUEs granted to Bradley Wiggins for three corticosteroid injections before the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France and the 2013 Giro d’Italia — as well as the mystery surrounding a package delivered to the team at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.

Froome, who is aiming to win a fourth Tour this year, said, “The fact that we’re having that debate about authenticity means there’s a problem with the system. I think WADA [the World Anti-Doping Agency] need to tighten their regulations around TUEs, so they’re not something that we question, their legitimacy. It’s not good for sport in general The fact that we’re discussing the validity of results, that brings it back to the authorities, it is something they need to tighten up on so that there aren’t questions being asked anymore.”

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