Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) has criticised the handling of the Chris Froome salbutamol case and expressed concern at how the affair has damaged the reputation of cycling. The Dutchman was speaking at his pre-Tour de France press conference in La Mothe-Achard on Wednesday.
On Monday, the UCI announced that it had dropped its proceedings against Froome, who returned a urine sample containing twice the permitted threshold of salbutamol en route to overall victory at last year’s Vuelta a España.
News of Froome’s positive test first broke in December of last year, but the Team Sky rider was free to race pending the resolution of the case, and won the Giro d’Italia ahead of Dumoulin in May.
On Sunday, it was reported that Tour organiser ASO was seeking to block Froome’s participation on the race, but on Monday, the UCI announced that it had dropped its case against Froome, citing the advice of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
“It’s incredible,” Dumoulin said, according to AFP. “I’m not blaming Froome. He’s been cleared. It’s how the whole case has been handled which is just a mess, it’s really unfortunate. It’s not what cycling needs.
“It’s ruining the reputation of cycling and fans are probably walking away from the sport because of this. It’s just the way it’s been handled — not how it should have been.”
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