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Giro race director calls on UCI to clarify Froome situation

by Shane Stokes

Seeking to avoid the same type of fiasco which saw Alberto Contador participate in, and win, the 2011 Giro d’Italia and then be stripped of that title due to his positive Clenbuterol test at the 2010 Tour de France, Giro race director Mauro Vegni has called on the UCI to act.

Vegni is concerned about Chris Froome’s intended participation in the 2018 Giro d’Italia; Froome has an adverse analytical finding for illegal levels of salbutamol, and is facing both a possible ban from racing plus the loss of his 2017 Vuelta title.

“In the Froome case we are waiting for the next steps of the UCI, especially on the request presented by Team Sky,” he said, according to the ANSA news agency. “We as organizers of the Tour of Italy do not want to stick our beaks in, but we want a certificate from the UCI that allows the rider to be at the start of the next Giro d’Italia.

“They will have to tell us if the cyclist is suspended, or if he can race regularly. Certainly we do not accept a Contador bis [a repeat of what happened with Contador], or a retrospective process.”

When the race was launched last autumn Froome was held up as the big attraction. However in December the news broke that he had double the permitted maximum amount of salbutamol in his system. He is facing a likely ban plus the loss of his Vuelta title.

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