Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 4 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
Froome test bad for cycling, says rival Bardet
December 18, 2017
 Print    Send to Friend

Paris: France’s top cyclist Romain Bardet said on Sunday that Chris Froome’s adverse drugs test at the Vuelta a Espana had damaged the credibility of the sport.

Bardet, second to Froome at the Tour de France in 2016 and third in 2017, was speaking on the fringes of a World Cup biathlon event in his home region.

“This is not good news for cycling,” said Bardet, who will again be amongst the favourites for the 2018 Tour.

“Pretty much everyone gets hit by something like this, cycling’s credibility first and foremost.

“We really could have done without it. It’s not something anyone can rejoice about,” he said.

“Let’s hope that a swift and objective probe can clarify the facts and leave no doubts about what happened,” said the 27-year-old AG2R team leader.

Froome, a four time Tour de France winner had twice the permissible amount of asthma medication Salbutamol in his system on September 7, following the 18th stage of the Grand Tour race he won for the first time. Cycling’s governing body UCI has asked the Team Sky rider to provide more information but in line with World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines has not suspended him.

If Froome fails to provide a satisfactory answer, the UCI could proceed with an anti-doping rule violation case -- he could even be stripped of his Vuelta victory and miss a large chunk of next season.

Agence France-Presse

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
O’Connor wins Alps third stage, Froome sixth
Milan: Australian Ben O’Connor won the third stage of the Tour of the Alps on Wednesday with Britain’s four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome finishing sixth. Di..
Goolaerts’ death casts pall on Amstel Gold race
Maastricht: Cycling’s spring classics roll into the Netherlands on Sunday with a powerful cast of pretenders in the Amstel Gold Race where champion Philippe Gilbert will ..
Admin blunder shatters dreams of English cyclist
Gold Coast: An English road cyclist said she was “gutted” on Tuesday after her Commonwealth Games dreams were shattered because team officials failed to register her for ..
Cycling world mourns death of 23-year-old Goolaerts
Paris: The world of cycling on Monday mourned Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts after he died of heart failure at the age of 23 during the gruelling Paris-Roubaix one-day..
Sagan wins Paris-Roubaix cycling classic
Roubaix: World champion Peter Sagan left his rivals in the dust on Sunday after a break from 55km out saw him clinch a jaw dropping victory in the 257km Paris-Roubaix cla..
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright