Chris Froome denies talk of deal following drug test

Last Updated January 30 2018, 14:03Other Sports
Chris Froome
Chris Froome

Chris Froome has denied a report that he is looking to negotiate a short ban rather than fight to prove his innocence after returning an adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug salbutamol during last year's La Vuelta.

Froome, who won that race, has not automatically tested positive but must provide a satisfactory explanation for having twice the permitted level of the substance in a urine test, or the Team Sky rider could face a lengthy ban and would lose his Vuelta title and the bronze he took in the time trial at the world championships in September.

The four-time Tour de France winner could argue his case by taking a series of laboratory tests to try to recreate the conditions under which he returned the adverse finding, and prove that it could have happened even if he did not take more than the permitted dose of the drug.

A report in Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera late on Monday claimed Froome, 32, was ready to admit negligence in the case, and that his wife Michelle had hired a mediator as the rider looked to negotiate a shorter ban with the UCI.

The report said Froome would accept a ban which would allow him to race this year's Giro d'Italia and Tour de France as planned - rather than risk taking the tests but failing to prove his case, which would expose him to a much longer suspension.

However, in a tweet on Tuesday morning, Froome said: "I have seen the report in Corriere della Serra this morning - it's completely untrue."

It is understood that Froome and his team are still examining the variables which may have caused the adverse result. Froome remains adamant he did not exceed the dosage and plans to demonstrate that through the process available to him.

That process could be a lengthy one, however, and as Froome has not been suspended either by the UCI or his team, concerns have been raised by rival riders about the prospect of Froome racing this season while still under the threat of a future ban.

Froome has been training in South Africa, and on Sunday posted the details of a huge ride on social media under the header 'Empty the Tank'. Froome covered a distance of 271.6km - longer than any race on the calendar bar Milan-San Remo - in a little over six hours while riding north west of Johannesburg.

Most Read

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates1

Tuesday's Paper Talk

Robert Lewandowski is Chelsea's top target, Hart to head to the MLS and Grant Holt becomes a wrestler. All that and more...

Cracksman2

Cracksman 'twice the horse he was'

John Gosden believes Investec Coronation Cup favourite Cracksman is a markedly different horse now to the one that finished third in last year's Investec Derby.

Check out our nap of the day3

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Matt Brocklebank's Monday nap and next best both won - don't miss his selections for Tuesday.

Action from Nottingham Racecourse4

Tuesday's racing preview

Chris Wilson previews the action on Tuesday and has a selection for every race on every card in the UK and Ireland.

Branden Grace with the Nedbank Golf Challenge trophy5

BMW PGA Championship tips

After another big-priced winner last week, Ben Coley provides his four selections for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Most Read

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates1

Tuesday's Paper Talk

Robert Lewandowski is Chelsea's top target, Hart to head to the MLS and Grant Holt becomes a wrestler. All that and more...

Cracksman2

Cracksman 'twice the horse he was'

John Gosden believes Investec Coronation Cup favourite Cracksman is a markedly different horse now to the one that finished third in last year's Investec Derby.

Check out our nap of the day3

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Matt Brocklebank's Monday nap and next best both won - don't miss his selections for Tuesday.

Action from Nottingham Racecourse4

Tuesday's racing preview

Chris Wilson previews the action on Tuesday and has a selection for every race on every card in the UK and Ireland.

Branden Grace with the Nedbank Golf Challenge trophy5

BMW PGA Championship tips

After another big-priced winner last week, Ben Coley provides his four selections for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Racing Tips

Check out our nap of the day

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Matt Brocklebank's Monday nap and next best both won - don't miss his selections for Tuesday.

Action from Nottingham Racecourse

Tuesday's racing preview

Chris Wilson previews the action on Tuesday and has a selection for every race on every card in the UK and Ireland.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

Next Race Off
16:45 Ayr
1
(2)
Saryshagann
J: D Tudhope
2
(4)
Red Pike
J: G Lee

Football Tips

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

Leroy Sane is congratulated after scoring for Man City

Sporting Life: Tipping record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed.

Romelu Lukaku: The Manchester United forward celebrates his goal v Spurs in the FA Cup semi-final

FA Cup final betting tips

George Pitts thinks Manchester United will win the FA Cup for the second time in three years when they come up against Chelsea at Wembley.