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by Shane Stokes
January 18, 2018
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UCI President David Lappartient has commented on the Chris Froome case, saying that the Briton is not receiving any special treatment in relation to his ongoing battle to clear his name. Froome provided a doping control sample during the Vuelta a Espana which showed levels of salbutamol which were twice the permitted level.
Speaking to Swiss publication Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Lapparient was asked if he thought there would be a ruling before the Giro d’Italia. “I hope so. The case is very bad for cycling,” he said. “He is the most famous rider we have.”
He explained why there was no final ruling yet. “It is important to uphold the rights of the rider,” he said. “He may submit reasons. There is no special treatment for him, even if some riders claim that. Salbutamol is one of the drugs allowed in a limited dose. An immediate suspension would conflict with the rules in force.”
He explained why the process was one which will take time. “Because his arguments can trigger a debate between experts. Froome is not a rider like any other. He has more money,” he said. “He can muster more experts who express themselves in his spirit. He can submit more exculpatory documents. We can not simply wipe the statements off the table. It is important to solve the case quickly, but [also] to protect the rights of the rider.”
Under the current rules riders who test positive for specified substances don’t face an immediate suspension. However teams who are members of the MPCC do sideline riders in this position; does Lappartient think this would be a better situation than the current one? “It would be good if Sky was a MPCC member also,” he answered. “Then Froome would have been suspended. But that’s up to the teams.”
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