Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Tony Martin: Chris Froome should be banned for failed drugs test

Tony Martin: Chris Froome should be banned for failed drugs test

"So we did increase it and that's why we're faced with this question of "I did stay within the limits but obviously the test results show a different reading" so we're trying to evaluate what has happened".

German champ Martin, who secured the world time trial championship in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016, is the big name in the current peloton to criticise the UCI over their handling of the case, and described the situation as a "major blow to the hard anti-doping fight".

Froome was found to have double the allowed amount of the legal drug Salbutamol in his system in a test after stage 18 of the Vuelta, which he won, on September 7, the International Cycling Union confirmed on Wednesday.

Mrs Wiggins' latest attack on Froome simply added to Sky's problems on Thursday when they had already been rocked rocked by an attack on Chris Froome by another leading cyclist and the news that their owners have agreed a deal to sell to Disney.

Rival rider Tony Martin said he believes something is amiss with the UCI's handling of the case.

"I am totally angry", said Martin. "There is a double standard being applied in the Christopher Froome case".

"Other athletes are suspended immediately after a positive test".

And unless he and his team of legal advisors and medical experts can provide the evidence that persuades the International Cycling Union (UCI) that he didn't internationally consume the medication to enhance his performance, he is set to be banned for upto a year.

"I do not know of any similar case in the recent past".

A few days earlier, Martin had complained: "That is a scandal, and he should at least not have been allowed to appear in the World Championships".

Froome and Team Sky have said they can explain the positive result but Martin said that he had the "impression that there is wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes".

But Martin believes that the whole affair has dealt a "major blow to the hard anti-doping fight" and he criticised the way it had been handled by the UCI. We need a consequent and transparent approach by the UCI. "Our credibility is at stake!" "During the Vuelta, I felt worse, so I followed the advice of the team doctor to double the dose of the drug", said 32-year-old driver.

The UKAD was unable to prove what was in the package, commonly known as a Jiffy bag, after suggestions that it may have contained the drug Fluimucil, which can help break up thick mucus in the lungs and make it easier to breathe. Commonly marketed as Ventolin, salbutamol is classified as a beta-2 agonist and WADA allows it to be taken through inhalation only, in limited amounts. "It is not something to be ashamed of".

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