Reactions to Chris Froome's case verdict
Jul 02 2018 04:19 pm CET

Reactions to Chris Froome's case verdict
Reactions to Chris Froome's case verdict
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

The UCI has closed the case against Chris Froome for the Adverse Analytical Finding of high levels of Salbutamol at the past Vuelta a España. Here are some reactions to this decision.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

The WADA will not appeal the decision of the UCI in Chris Froome's case. The agency collaborated with the UCI during the process and will not make any move after the decision has been taken.

"Based on careful consideration of the facts, the Agency accepts that the analytical result of Mr Froome’s sample from 7 September 2017 during the Vuelta a España, which identified the prohibited substance Salbutamol at a concentration in excess of the decision limit of 1200 ng/mL(1), did not constitute an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF)," said the WADA through a press release.

"WADA’s decision follows a full and careful review of all explanations and supporting evidence submitted by Mr Froome in the month of June (which the UCI shared with WADA), as well as thorough consultation with internal and independent external experts."

"WADA believes this to be the right and fair outcome for what was a very complex case."

Javier Guillen, director of the Vuelta a España

"We welcome the resolution of the 'Froome Case'. We have been waiting for a decision to be taken and now we have it. Another factor is that, as we asked, we will have an official winner of the Vuelta 2017 by the time the 2018 edition starts," said Guillen to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford

"We have always had total confidence in Chris and his integrity. We knew that he had followed the right medical guidance in managing his asthma at the Vuelta and were sure that he would be exonerated in the end, which he has been. This is why we decided that it was right for Chris to continue racing, in line with UCI rules, while the process was ongoing. We are pleased that it has now been resolved.

"Chris has proved he is a great champion – not only on the bike but also by how he has conducted himself during this period. It has not been easy, but his professionalism, integrity and good grace under pressure have been exemplary and a credit to the sport. The greatest bike race in the world starts in five days. We can’t wait to get racing again and help Chris win it for a record-equalling fifth time."

Tour de France director, Christian Prudhomme

"Today came out the answer that we have been waiting six months for," said Prudhomme to French newspaper L'Equipe. "It comes at the last moment and it is a shame and sad that it took so long. I can understand that the experts for the WADA, the UCI and the lawyers of Chris Froom have been working hard, but to wait for months without a response caused indecision, doubt and suspicion.

"Chris Froome will be at the start of the Tour, yes. And the process that we had started to protect the image of the race is obsolete since the sports authorities have indicated that he was not guilty. He will be at the start of the Tour de France considering that the UCI and the WADA have finally given their answer."
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