Category: Tour de France

Chris Froome salbutamol case expected to be resolved before Tour de France

• Race organiser Christian Prudhomme confident of UCI ruling
• Froome convinced of innocence and expects verdict to go his way

Christian Prudhomme, the Tour de France organiser, has said he is confident that Chris Froome’s salbutamol case will be resolved one way or another before this year’s race.

Speaking before the start of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Classic, Prudhomme said: “I have said since December that we need a rapid solution. The statements of the president of the UCI indicate that there will certainly be an answer before the Tour de France.

Related: Chris Froome doping investigation looks set to go beyond Tour de France

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Chris Froome doping investigation looks set to go beyond Tour de France

• Governing body paves way for disciplinary proceedings
• Move could prompt legal battle over cyclist’s Tour participation

Chris Froome’s doping case is likely to remain unresolved beyond this year’s Tour de France, meaning road cycling’s showcase event will probably be overshadowed by a legal battle over whether he should take part in the race.

It emerged on Friday evening that cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has paved the way for disciplinary proceedings against Froome by sending his adverse doping test at the Vuelta a España to a tribunal. That means a verdict will almost certainly not be reached before the Tour de France.

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ASO denies report that it would exclude Froome from Tour

Tour de France organizer ASO denied reports by an Australian website that it would exclude Chris Froome from the Tour.

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Report: Tour may deny Froome entry if case unresolved

A report indicates that ASO is prepared to exclude Chris Froome from the Tour de France if his Salbutamol case isn’t resolved.

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Chris Froome may be denied Tour de France place by race organisers ASO

• Froome set to be refused entry if doping case not resolved
• Tour of the Alps will be his final warm-up race for Giro d’Italia

The Tour de France organisers will refuse to let Chris Froome race in this year’s event if his salbutamol case has not been resolved, it is understood.

The four-times Tour champion returned an adverse finding for the asthma drug salbutamol during his winning ride at the Vuelta a España last year. He denies any wrongdoing and is continuing to race this season – as is his right under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules – while his team of lawyers and scientists work on an explanation for the adverse sample, which contained twice the allowed concentration of the drug.

Related: Chris Froome set to race in Giro d’Italia as doping case rumbles on

Related: Time for Chris Froome and Sky to rebuild the people’s trust | Richard Williams

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Landa maintains status as second GC option at Tour de France

After riding in support of top riders for years, Mikel Landa is now at Movistar — and will continue to be the second option for yellow.

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2020 Tour de France to start in Nice

Organizer ASO made the announcement the morning after Paris-Nice concluded.

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Tour de France race director slams ‘grotesque’ delay of Chris Froome decision

• Christian Prudhomme says race organisers need position clarified
• Froome is still free to race pending response over failed drug test

The race director of the Tour de France has criticised the lack of a decision on Chris Froome’s failed drug test, calling the delay “grotesque”.

Froome has won the Tour de France four times but Christian Prudhomme has already stated he does not want the Briton at this year’s race unless his anti-doping case is resolved.

Related: The Guardian view on drugs in sport: a deep corruption | Editorial

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I worship Team Sky. But I feel like I’ve been taken for a ride | Charles Graham-Dixon

I really want to believe in the integrity of the British team. Yet each new doping allegation is making it harder

How to feel when, for reasons that are purely negative, the sport you love and the riders you admire appear on every front page and dominate every radio news bulletin? The answer: weary, conflicted and confused.

Related: The Guardian view on drugs in sport: a deep corruption | Editorial

Related: Sir Bradley Wiggins hits out at ‘malicious’ campaign after MPs’ accusations

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The Guardian view on drugs in sport: a deep corruption | Editorial

A devastating report from a parliamentary select committee shows a culture of studied evasion around the abuse of performance-enhancing substances in professional sport

What is the point of sport? The recent death of Sir Roger Bannister, who ran the world’s first four-minute mile in 1954 while he was a medical student training in his time off, suggested one answer. The publication two days later of a devastating report into doping in cycling and athletics by a parliamentary select committee suggests a rather different one. Sebastian Coe, a Conservative peer who had held, as a professional, the world mile record that had once been Bannister’s, gave a dismal showing in his testimony about his time in the International Association of Athletics Federations. Before becoming president Lord Coe was vice-president for eight years, a period in which one of the then president’s sons was, the IAAF said, taking bribes to expunge the records of failed drug tests on Russian athletes. He told the committee that he was aware only in the vaguest terms of suspicions about the organised, industrial-scale doping of Russian athletes, and the possible involvement of the president. Later an email came to light showing him forwarding detailed allegations from a whistleblower to the head of the Federation’s ethics committee (a body that does in fact exist) although he says he never read them. The committee observed that his account of his own incuriosity about these allegations “stretches credibility”. It further described his reason for not publishing a scientific study into the prevalence of doping in athletics as “frankly risible”.

Over in the world of professional cycling, Team Sky, founded to “win clean”, turns out to have had a terrible problem with asthma among its athletes. Sir Bradley Wiggins apparently suffered from an asthma that could only be treated with a steroid which has the side-effect of allowing endurance athletes to lose fat rapidly while maintaining muscle mass. This is legal provided a doctor has certified that the drug is needed to treat the asthma. Body weight is extremely important to road cyclists: when Sir Bradley raced in the Olympics for Britain on a flat track, he weighed 82kg; competing later over the mountains of the Tour de France, he weighed only 72kg. The rigours of training needed to lose so much weight from the body of an Olympic athlete can only be imagined. The evidence given to the committee – as well as the refusal of the team’s then doctor to clarify one vital point – suggest that when Sir Bradley won the Tour de France in 2012 he may have been treated with this steroid at a time when he had applied for, but not yet received, the necessary certificate of exemption. Since the records have been lost, if they ever existed, we will never be sure.

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