Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has reiterated his call for a resolution to Chris Froome‘s salbutamol case, and said that it is “completely grotesque” that a verdict has not yet been reached.
Froome returned a positive test for salbutamol en route to victory at last year’s Vuelta a España, but as salbutamol is listed a specified substance, the Team Sky rider remains free to race pending the resolution of the case. He began his season at the Ruta del Sol and is currently in Italy for Tirreno-Adriatico.
News of Froome’s positive test broke in mid-December, and as the months pass by, it seems increasingly likely that the Briton might – like Alberto Contador in 2011 – ride both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France while waiting for a verdict on his case.
“What we want ardently, like all organisers, is for the UCI to provide a response,” Prudhomme told RMC Sport. “I said since the month of December that we wanted a rapid response. Now, we can remove the word ‘rapid’. We want a response. The organisers need a response.”
Prudhomme demurred when asked if he would prefer Froome to stay away from the 2018 Tour, saying that it was the UCI’s responsibility to issue a ruling on the case.
“That’s not the question. What we want is a response. We need a response, not just for us at the Tour de France but for all the organisers, so that there isn’t a rider they’ll later say shouldn’t have been at the start,” Prudhomme said. “It’s mad! It’s completely grotesque! We need a response.”
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