Chris Froome (Team Sky) described reports that his salbutamol case has been sent to the UCI’s Anti-Doping Tribunal as ‘fake news’ on Friday evening, only to delete the twitter message a few hours later.
The French newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday that Froome’s case had been transferred from the UCI Legal Anti-Doping Services (LADS) to its Anti-Doping Tribunal, suggesting that the UCI LADS had rejected Froome’s explanations as to why his level of salbutamol was double the 1000ng/ml permitted level.
Froome’s urine sample from an anti-doping control, taken after stage 18 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, was found to have exceeded the permitted limit of the asthma drug salbutamol. The 32-year-old has always denied any wrongdoing and says he is a long-term asthma sufferer. He insists that he knows the rules and has never taken more salbutamol than he is allowed.
A few hours after the Le Monde story was published and reported by French news agency AFP, Froome tweeted: “Fake news making the rounds again this evening. What journalists and publications won’t do for a couple of clicks…”
That tweet garnered both support and criticism but was later deleted.
The latest posts on Froome’s official Twitter account are now a retweet of the official Tour de France account announcing 100 days to the start of this year’s race and a scan image of the baby Chris and his wife Michelle are expecting in August.
Case likely to be resolved after the Tour de France
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