Dumoulin criticises handling of Chris Froome salbutamol case

The final podium of the 2018 Giro d'Italia: winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) is flanked by Sunweb's To

Tom Dumoulin ( Sunweb ) has criticised the handling of the Chris Froome salbutamol case and expressed concern at how the affair has damaged the reputation of cycling. The Dutchman was speaking at his pre- Tour de France press conference in La Mothe-Achard on Wednesday. On Monday, the UCI announced that it had dropped its proceedings against Froome, who returned a urine sample containing twice the permitted threshold of salbutamol en route to overall victory at last year’s Vuelta a España. News of Froome's positive test first broke in December of last year, but the Team Sky rider was free to race pending the resolution of the case, and won the Giro d'Italia ahead of Dumoulin in May. On Sunday, it was reported that Tour organiser ASO was seeking to block Froome’s participation on the race, but on Monday, the UCI announced that it had dropped its case against Froome, ...

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