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by Shane Stokes
January 20, 2018
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Although the nature of Chris Froome’s adverse analytical finding means that he doesn’t incur an automatic suspension, UCI president David Lappartient still believes that Team Sky should sideline him. Speaking to Le Télégramme, he said that he worried about how long it will take for a resolution.
“Sky should suspend Froome,” he said, before adding that it is not for him to interfere. “Without predicting the guilt of the rider, it would be easier for everyone. It’s for Brailsford [the team manager] to take responsibility. I think that’s what other riders want. They are tired of the general image conveyed. Whether the result is abnormal or not, naturally or fraudulently, it is terrible. In the eyes of the general public, he is already guilty.”
According to Lappartient, he learned about the positive test an hour after he won the UCI election against the previous president Brian Cookson in September. Froome provided a urine sample during the Vuelta a Espana which had twice the permitted maximum level of salbutamol. “It is up to Froome to demonstrate the reasons which may have led to such a concentration of salbutamol, the burden of proof being on him,” said Lappartient. “It’s up to him to build his file. From there, the Legal Anti-Doping Services (LADS) of the UCI will see if its arguments are admissible.
“If this is not the case, a sanction that may be two years will be proposed. If he does not accept it, we will go to the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal with the possibility of appeal, on both sides before the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport). We left for a legal brawl that will last a long time. This case will not be settled in two minutes. It can last at least a year. We’re going to drag it around like a ball.”
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