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by Shane Stokes
March 7, 2018
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Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme has repeated his dissatisfaction with the uncertainty regarding Chris Froome, saying that it is unacceptable that the rider could compete in this year’s Tour de France with an anti-doping violation hanging over him.
“What we want, like all the organizers, is that the UCI gives an answer,” he told RMC. “I was saying in December that we wanted a quick answer. Today, we can remove the ‘quick’. We want an answer, the organizers need an answer.”
Prudhomme is worried that if Froome competes in the Tour with the matter unresolved, or – even worse – wins the race and is then disqualified, that the Tour will suffer a serious blow. He referred to Alberto Contador’s victory in the 2011 Giro d’Italia which was later removed, and says that things remain the same.
“Since 2010, eight years ago, nothing has been done to change the rules. The rules are incomprehensible to people. Abnormal control: it does not mean anything, it must be white or black and the rest does not matter. We want an answer.
Asked if he prefers if Froome is not at the Tour, he didn’t want to given an opinion. “This is not the question. What we want is an answer. You need an answer. Not especially for us the Tour de France but for all the organizers. That there is not a rider who will then be told [later] that he should not have started at the start. It’s crazy! It’s completely ugly! you need an answer!”
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