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by Neal Rogers
December 18, 2017
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Days after he blasted Chris Froome and the UCI, saying that he believes it is unacceptable that the British rider was allowed to continue competing after he had an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol, Tony Martin has dialed back his statement.
On Saturday Martin released a new statement. “I received a lot of feedback about my comment of yesterday. I even got a phone call from a UCI’s representative who took the time to clarify how the process had been handled,” he wrote. “I now understand that the UCI is managing this case in accordance with the rules and that Chris Froome did not get any special treatment. According to the rules, in a case involving a specified substance, every athlete shall have the chance to explain whether the numbers can be due to natural causes.”
However Martin said that he will not hold back in terms of criticism of doping cases. “I am always very angry when another case in relation to anti-doping happened in our sport. I will, as I always did, continue to take a strong position regarding the fight against doping and I will always remain an outspoken advocate for a 100% clean sport.”
Froome’s urine sample in question showed salbutamol levels twice the permitted limit. He is facing the likely loss of his Vuelta a Espana title and a possible suspension.