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by Shane Stokes

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Opinion: Time for Chris Froome and Sky to rebuild the people’s trust

by CyclingTips

Despite a cloud hanging over him due to his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol in last year’s Vuelta a Espana, Chris Froome will begin his season on Wednesday in the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta del Sol. Respected British sportswriter Richard Williams weighs in for the Guardian.

Here’s an excerpt:

To judge from Dave Brailsford’s words the other day it seems he still doesn’t get it. He was talking in a press conference about the business of the abnormally high salbutamol level in a urine sample taken from Chris Froome in Spain last September but not revealed – by this newspaper and Le Monde – until three months later. While re-emphasising his belief that Froome had done nothing wrong, he added that the finding should not have been made public.

But when Brailsford set up Team Sky eight years ago it was on the basis of absolute honesty and openness. We are going to ride clean, he said, and you can watch us do it. He gave every appearance of recognising that his zero-tolerance policy on doping would require the team to be transparent even beyond the letter of the law. Instead Sky have given every appearance of gaming the system via their use of respiratory medications.

Click through to read the full article at the Guardian.