The president of the UCI David Lappartient has suggested that it might take up to a year to resolve the Chris Froome case. He added that the actions of Team Sky were damaging cycling. Lappartient has been very critical of Team Sky’s reaction to the ongoing saga involving Froome testing twice the WADA limit for salbutamol.
“When this happened you could see in the newspapers and the internet, that cycling was going back to its past. I saw one newspaper from Brittany and the first page was Froome. And this wasn’t a sports newspaper and that was the same in many countries,” he added.
The UCI boss said the events were affecting the game but that they need to also be careful as Froome has the opportunity to defend himself. WADA has said that salbutamol can be performance enhancing.
The case is similar to that of retired rider Alberto Contador who failed drugs test in 2010. It took more than a year and half for the case to be resolved. The ban was retrospective so the Spaniard had to forfeit all his race victories.
Froome’s case is similar to that of Andy Schleck at the 2010 Tour de France and Michele Scarpoini at the Girod’Italia in 2011. Schleck and Scarponi would be remembered for winning the titles but they could not climb the podium.
Lappartient does not have a timeline on how the case will proceed but said the pressures and possibility of appeals means it can be up to one year even though he hopes it takes lesser time.