Lizzie Deignan: Chris Froome hasn't had a fair process

Elizabeth Deignan celebrates a WorldTour win.

Lizzie Deignan has said that Chris Froome has not had a ‘fair process’ in his salbutamol case, adding that his reputation has been irreparably tarnished. Deignan also criticised the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) for not doing more to protect her own reputation after she was cleared of three whereabouts failings. Froome is currently under investigation after an anti-doping control conducted during the 2017 Vuelta a Espana returned an elevated level of salbutamol. Froome was notified of the findings in late September but the case was made public in December. Deignan says that the leak should not have happened. “He hasn’t had a fair process because already people have made up their minds, unfortunately, and that is based on the not full story,” Deignan told sports journalist Orla Chennaoui in her ‘When Orla met’ podcast. “Unfortunately for Chris his reputation is tarnished and will be forever. Whether he’s innocent or not, ...

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