Chris Froome tells David Lappartient: raise concerns to me not through media

Chris Froome has criticised the head of cyclings world governing body for speaking publicly about his 2017 failed medications test

Chris Froome has criticised the head of cycling’s world governing body for speaking publicly about his 2017 failed drugs test.

The four-times Tour de France winner defended his decision to continue to compete while he challenges an adverse finding from the Vuelta a Espana last September, which indicated double the permitted level of the asthma drug salbutamol in his system.

Froome is competing at the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy, his second race since the failed test was made publicly available by the Guardian and Le Monde. He plans to ride at the Giro d’Italia in May before attempting to win a fifth Tour de France.

David Lappartient, the president of the UCI, said this week it would damage the credibility of the athletic if Froome rode the Tour while his lawsuit was unresolved.” That would be a disaster for the image of cycling ,” Lappartient told. “[ From] a legal point of view he has the right to ride. For the image of our sport that could be a disaster and I don’t want to put our sport in difficulty .”

However, Froome hit back on Thursday.” I watched his comments and I think what I would say is that I’m doing my best to follow the due process here ,” he told Cyclingnews.” I get that it’s a difficult situation. Given his concern for the reputation of the athletic, I think it would be more sensible of him to create his concerns in person or at least though the right channels as opposed to through the media. I’m obviously doing everything I can to get this resolved as quickly as possible, and just trying to keep my head down .”

It is thought that any ban Froome does incur would not affect any of his achievements in the intervening period since he was notified of the failed test. If the suit were to go on past the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France he could possibly win both, safe in the knowledge research results would stand.

Marcel Kittel gained his first victory of the season during stage two of the Tirreno Adriatico on Thursday, winning a bunch sprint ahead of Peter Sagan and Giacomo Nizzolo. Meanwhile, it was confirmed Mark Cavendish suffered a violated rib after his accident during the opening stage.

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