Chris Froome hits back at suggestions wealth secured his acquittal

Chris Froome (Team Sky) speaks to the press at the start of stage 2

A day after the World Anti-Doping Agency released an extensive rebuttal to Chris Froome 's call to release the scientific studies that led to his anti-doping case being closed, the Team Sky rider says he's happy that WADA has given more information, even if he has yet to review it. "I'm happy that they have released more," said Froome. "I can't say I've read the whole thing. I've understood they've released more data and as I've said from the beginning I'm happy for them to do that." WADA, in its press release, noted that it had recommended a controlled pharmacokinetic study (CPKS) in Froome's case until it received his defense case and explanations of his salbutamol intake. Other athletes have undergone the CPKS only to lose their cases, like Diego Ulissi did in 2015. "I can't speak for Diego's case, but I know in my case it stopped at the ...

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Dan Martin’s Tour jersey is missing one small detail

Dan Martin’s Tour jersey is missing one small detail

Have a close look at Dan Martin's Champion System jersey at the Tour de France and you'll notice something unusual. Read the full article at Dan Martin’s Tour jersey is missing one small detail on VeloNews.com .

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Vincenzo Nibali calls Froome's salbutamol verdict 'a case of double standards'

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali has hit out at Chris Froome and the WADA and UCI verdict that closed his salbutamol case, suggesting in his pre- Tour de France press conference that double standards were used when compared to similar cases in the past. Nibali and Froome have clashed in the past, both in races and verbally. The Sicilian had said he respected Froome's right to race on while his salbutamol case was under consideration but his opinion has now changed dramatically after Froome was cleared of any wrongdoing. Nibali revealed he was in his garage at home fixing his bike when his wife came to tell him the news that Froome had been cleared. If Froome had eventually been found guilty of doping, Nibali would have been crowned the winner of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana and might not have to face Froome at this year's Tour de France. "We knew it ...

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UCI says no reasoned decision will be released for Froome case, elaborates on related topics

Supported by Addressing the outcome of the Chris Froome case and also responding to related criticism and debate arising from that, the UCI has said that it doesn’t envisage the reasoned decision being released in relation to the matter. On Monday, the World Anti-Doping Agency and cycling’s governing body both announced the dropping of the case against … The post UCI says no reasoned decision will be released for Froome case, elaborates on related topics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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UCI responds to criticism surrounding Chris Froome judgement

UCI responds to criticism surrounding Chris Froome judgement

Joe Robinson 6 Jul 2018 The issue of Petacchi and Ulissi plus the reasons for Froome's acquittal have been divulged by the UCI The UCI has responded in length to the criticism it has received for the decision to acquit Chris Froome of his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol just days before the start of the Tour de France. The sport's governing body announced on Monday that it would close its investigations into Froome stating that 'based on the specific facts of the case, that Mr Froome’s sample results, taken at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana , do not constitute an AAF.' This opened up the path for Froome to defend his Tour title with race organiser's ASO threatening to block his participation if the investigation remained without conclusion. The UCI 's somewhat sudden decision raised many questions in the public domain such as what evidence did the UCI and ...

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Opinion: Why WADA and the UCI’s handling of the Froome case is damaging to sport

It was the final paragraph that really jarred. “The UCI understands that there will be significant discussion of this decision, but wishes to reassure all those involved in or interested in cycling that its decision is based on expert opinions, WADA’s advice, and a full assessment of the facts of the case. The UCI hopes … The post Opinion: Why WADA and the UCI’s handling of the Froome case is damaging to sport appeared first on CyclingTips .

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WADA will not appeal UCI verdict on Chris Froome salbutamol case

Chris Froome celebrates on the stage 20 podium at tge Giro

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced on Monday that it will not appeal the UCI's decision to clear Chris Froome of any anti-doping rule violations from the 2017 Vuelta a Espana. The agency's press release confirmed that Froome did not undergo the controlled pharmacokinetic study (CPKS) allowed under WADA rules to prove that the level of salbutamol in his Vuelta urine sample that exceeded the allowed threshold was a normal consequence of his physiology. "In Mr. Froome's case, WADA accepts that a CPKS would not have been practicable as it would not have been possible to adequately recreate the unique circumstances that preceded the 7 September doping control," the press release stated. WADA arrived at the decision "based on a number of factors that are specific to the case of Mr. Froome – including, in particular, a significant increase in dose, over a short period prior to the doping control, in ...

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WADA decides against Froome anti-doping appeal

WADA decides against Froome anti-doping appeal

Joe Robinson 2 Jul 2018 WADA will not appeal Froome decision as road opens up for defence of Tour de France title A firm line could have just been drawn underneath the Chris Froome salbutamol investigation as the World Anti-Doping Agency announced that it would not appeal the UCI's decision the close the case . In its own statement WADA confirmed that it would no longer pursue Froome's adverse analytical finding for salbutamol (AAF) at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, going as far as saying that the original test results did not comprise an AAF. 'WADA’s announcement follows that of the UCI earlier today, which announced that the anti-doping proceedings involving Mr Froome have now been closed,' its statement read. 'Based on careful consideration of the facts, the Agency accepts that the analytical result of Mr Froome’s sample from 7th September 2017 during the Vuelta a Espana, which identified the ...

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UCI drops investigation into Froome, says it accepts no rules were broken in Salbutamol case

Supported by Five days before the start of the Tour de France, the UCI has announced that it has dropped its investigation into Chris Froome and his threshold-exceeding levels of Salbutamol during last year’s Vuelta a España. The surprise announcement came from the governing body on Monday morning and, while short on specifics, made clear that the … The post UCI drops investigation into Froome, says it accepts no rules were broken in Salbutamol case appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Warbasse revels in Suisse breakaway action

US champion Larry Warbasse on the attack during stage 5 at Tour de Suisse

Larry Warbasse (Aqua Blue Sport) came up short in his attempt to replicate his stage win at the Tour de Suisse from 12 months ago but the US national champion vowed to continue fighting with four days remaining in the race. On stage 5 , the first serious mountain test in this year’s race, Warbasse escaped with Daniel Oss (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Sylvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale), Willie Smit (Katusha-Alpecin) and Paul Ourselin (Direct Energie). The American went solo on the penultimate climb of the day to Montana Village but was caught on the lower slopes of the final ascent to Leukerbad, with first Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) and then the peloton passing him. Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) claimed the stage, while Richie Porte (BMC) moved into the race lead, but there was still a spot on the podium for Warbasse, who picked up the combativity award for ...

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Porte stays cool to take Tour de Suisse lead

Porte stays cool to take Tour de Suisse lead

Richie Porte took the race lead from BMC team-mate Stefan Kung back after Diego Ulissi won Stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse.

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Ulissi turns attention to Tour de Suisse GC after stage win

Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) wins stage 5 at the Tour de Suisse

Diego Ulissi ( UAE Team Emirates ) claimed his first win of 2018 with victory on stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse . The Italian, who has lived in Switzerland for a number of years, capped off an exciting day’s racing by leading from the front and winning the first summit finish of this year’s race. Ulissi edged out Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data) but admitted that a top-10 position on GC was also an ambition for him and his team. UAE were hoping that three-time Tour de Suisse winner Rui Costa would lead them at the race, but he was struck with a knee injury before the start. “Before the race, the team asked me to go for a good place on GC, so I’ll be focused until Sunday. I’ll try to defend myself in the mountains and then do a good time trial. ...

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Landa tests his legs with daring Tour de Suisse attack

Mikel Landa Meana (Movistar) and Hugh Carthy (EF Education First - Drapac) on the move suring stage

Mikel Landa ( Movistar ) showed his mettle with a stinging attack on the final climb to Leukerbad during stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse on Wednesday. While the effort was ultimately unsuccessful, the Spaniard said it showed that his race fitness was coming back after two months away from competition. "I'm really happy because this shows I'm on track to do well in July," Landa said. "I had spent many weeks without racing, and being able to compete for a win on day five after coming back is a good sign." The Movistar man opted to hit out on the long category 1 ascent to Leukerbad with 6.8km to go, and quickly opened up a gap, putting pressure on race leader Stefan Kung (BMC Racing) - who was quickly dropped, leaving teammate Richie Porte to pursue the yellow jersey. "It was a somewhat crazy stage. The pace was ...

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Kelderman on Porte's radar as Tour de Suisse hots up

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) on the podium

Despite starting the Tour de Suisse with just 11 days of racing in his legs Wilco Kelderman ( Team Sunweb ) continues to impress with a valiant display on the first mountain stage of the race. The Dutchman finished fourth, in the same time as stage winner Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), to move up to third overall, 20 seconds down on Richie Porte's (BMC Racing) overall lead. Kelderman was supported by several teammates on the final climb to the summit at Leukerbad, with teammate Sam Oomen also making the main GC group that splintered off the front of the peloton in the closing stages. Kelderman and Oomen remained in contention when Mikel Landa launched a dangerous attack 6.8km from the summit and were still well-placed when the leaders caught Landa with the line in sight. Kelderman may have been edged out for the win and the resulting bonus seconds ...

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Richie Porte continues march towards Tour de France with yellow in Suisse

Richie Porte in yellow after stage 5 at Tour de Suisse

Richie Porte ( BMC Racing ) was given an armchair ride to the finish of stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse and moved into the race lead as a result. The Australian was shepherded by a superb BMC Racing Team during the first mountain stage of the race, and on the final climb Greg Van Avermaet, Stefan Küng and then Tejay van Garderen pulled on the front to ensure that the GC contenders finished on the same time. Diego Ullisi (UAE Team Emirates) won the stage, while the rest of the bonus seconds were taken by Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data). Porte finished eighth and now leads Sam Oomen and Wilco Kelderman (both Sunweb) by 20 seconds. Every stage bar one in the remaining few days will have a bearing on the GC, but Porte cut a content figure as he made his way from ...

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Tour de Suisse: Ulissi wins stage 5

Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) wins stage 5 at the Tour de Suisse

Diego Ulissi ( UAE Team Emirates ) claimed stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse with a well-timed sprint effort at the summit finish at Leukerbad, while Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) finished in the front group to move into the yellow jersey of race leader. The first mountain stage of the Tour de Suisse was animated by an ambitious attack from Mikel Landa (Movistar), who accelerated forcefully out of the group of favourites with a little over six kilometres to race. Landa's offensive put paid to Stefan Küng's hopes of retaining the yellow jersey, and when the Swiss rider was dropped from the group, his teammate Tejay van Garderen took up the reins of pursuit at the front. Despite van Garderen's efforts, Landa was able to open an advantage of 15 seconds over the principal contenders as he bounded across in the big ring to earlier escapees Hugh Carthy ...

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SSSRSSP - GP Citta di Lugano

Welcome to another edition of Shawn’s Shit Small Race Shit Small Preview. Let’s get real for a second. [Pulls up chair and sits in it backwards]. The shit small racing in between the Giro and Tour are slim pickings. It picks up again in the Fall, but at that point I feel like cycling season fatigue kicks in. Even so, if I had to choose between a betwixt-grand tours SSR one day race and whatever the hell Hammer Time is, I know what I’m choosing. Shit Small History The Gran Premio Citta di Lugano should be a pretty good race, but it’s been declining in stature, probably due to its place on the calendar. This year is is a 1.1 race, after having been a 1.HC race. Prior to 1981, it was an individual time trial and attracted the cycling stars like an all-you-can-eat buffet used to attract Carlos Betancur. ...

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Lappartient says Chris Froome decision unlikely to come during Tour de France

Guess who's back: Chris Froome (Team Sky) puts his troubled Giro behind him and starts to turn thing

UCI president David Lappartient has said that should Chris Froome ’s salbutamol case extend past the start of the Tour de France next month a decision is unlikely to happen during the race itself. Though Lappartient has no say as to when and how a decision is reached, he says that it could deprive Froome of his rights to defend himself if a hearing was to be held while the race is happening. "I still see it as wrong if, tomorrow, the case was to be referred to the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal and the court holds its meeting, where the rider still has the right to be heard, during the Tour,” Lappartient told Le Parisien . “In which case, we could still consider that it deprives him of his ability to defend himself. So, I do not see a decision happening during the Tour de France.” Lappartient has previously called ...

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Chad Haga’s Giro d’Italia, over-simplified: 3,572km in support of Tom Dumoulin

It’s Tuesday, May 29 — about 48 hours after the completion of the 2018 Giro d’Italia — and Chad Haga is sitting in his most comfortable chair at his home in Girona, Spain. He’s coughing sporadically, but not as much as he was two days earlier. For the second consecutive year, the 29-year-old American rode … The post Chad Haga’s Giro d’Italia, over-simplified: 3,572km in support of Tom Dumoulin appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Report: Tour de France organisers to try to block Froome’s participation

Supported by Earlier this week Bernard Hinault, for many years part of the Tour de France organisation, spoke out strongly against Chris Froome. The Frenchman and Eddy Merckx were previously the riders to have won three different Grand Tours consecutively; Froome joined them on Sunday, and Hinault doesn’t approve. “Froome does not belong on that list,” he … The post Report: Tour de France organisers to try to block Froome’s participation appeared first on CyclingTips .

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