Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 4 hours, 26 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
World champ Valverde eyes maiden Tour of Lombardy triumph
Milan: Newly-crowned world champion Alejandro Valverde headlines the season-finale Tour of Lombardy on Saturday looking for his first win in a race where he has twice fin..
Tour de France trophy stolen at cycle show: Team Sky
Birmingham: The Tour de France trophy won by Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas earlier this year has been stolen during a cycle show in Birmingham, the British team said on Wedne..
Yates still in lead as Woods wins 17th stage
Monte Oiz: Britain’s Simon Yates held on to his overall lead in the Tour of Spain on Wednesday as Canada’s Michael Woods won a summit finish to the the 17th stage in the ..
British team to have twin challenge for cycling worlds
London: Twins Simon and Adam Yates will spearhead Britain’s challenge at the Cycling Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, later this month, British Cycling ann..
Dennis wins time trial; Yates extends lead
Madrid: Australian Rohan Dennis, of BMC, time-trialled to victory on stage 16 of the Tour of Spain on Tuesday as Britain’s Simon Yates increased his overall lead on rival..
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright