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by Shane Stokes
December 14, 2017
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Race organiser Unipublic has issued a brief statement in the response to the news that the 2017 Vuelta a Espana race winner Chris Froome is in hot water over his stage 18 doping control result.
“Regarding today’s news about Christopher Froome’s unfavourable test result during La Vuelta 2017, Unipublic, the organiser of La Vuelta, wishes to communicate that it will await the UCI’s official conclusions,” it said in a short statement.
“The regulatory entity has launched an investigation and the position of La Vuelta’s organiser is one of extreme caution, as it hopes for this issue to be resolved as quickly as possible.”
Whether or not Froome is given a suspension, it seems almost guaranteed that he will lose his Vuelta title. He had been only the third person in history to take a Tour/Vuelta double in the same year; that statistic now appears to be void. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) was second and would be the new winner.