Thursday, 29 May 2014

CYCLING. Chris Froome Tenerife anti-doping claims investigated by UCI

Chris Froome
The UCI is investigating claims by defending champion Chris Froome that he has not been drug-tested at a Tour de France training camp.
The Briton, 29, also claimed there had been no tests for leading riders Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali.
"We're looking into the matter with the Cycling Anti Doping Foundation," the sport's governing body told BBC Sport.
Froome had said he was "disappointed" at not being tested while training in Tenerife during the last two weeks.
He said on Twitter: "Three major TDF contenders staying on Mount Teide and no out of competition tests for the past two weeks. Very disappointing."
Froome has been high-altitude training with Sky team-mates in the area around Mount Teide ahead of the Criterium du Dauphine in June and the Tour de France, which starts in Yorkshire on 5, July.
Froome, the 2013 winner of France's annual race, later followed up with a further tweet, which said: "To clarify, I am one of those three and I think it's in all our best interests to be able to prove we are clean no matter where we train."
The UCI has responsibility for anti-doping tests. Riders are obliged to provide the UCI with their whereabouts at all times to allow random anti-doping tests as part of the scheme which provides a biological passport.
The UCI responded on Thursday by insisting Froome's allegations would be investigated.
"The UCI has seen the comment by Tour de France winner Chris Froome regarding a lack of out of competition testing at Mount Teide, Tenerife," a spokesman said.
"Out of competition testing is clearly an essential component of any effective anti-doping programme and we are looking into the matter with the Cycling Anti Doping Foundation, which is responsible for planning and executing anti doping tests in cycling."

What is a biological passport?

An individual, electronic record for each rider, in which results of all doping tests are collated. A passport for each rider contains:
  • Results of individual urine tests
  • Results of individual blood tests
  • A haematological profile consisting of the combined results of haematological parameters analysed in a series of blood samples
  • A steroid profile consisting of the combined results of steroid levels in a series of urine samples
After his initial tweets, Froome then expanded on his comments in an interview with Cycling News,  claiming that leading riders and potential Tour rivals Nibali (Astana) and Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) had also not been tested while on the island.
Contador was banned for two years in 2012, backdated to January 2011, and stripped of his 2010 Tour de France victory after testing positive for clenbuterol.
The Spaniard has maintained that the failed test was a result of eating contaminated meat.
"I've asked around with other teams just out of interest, because we've been up here before and not been tested," Froome said.
"So, I just wanted to see if it was the same case for everyone, but none of them, from what I could gather, had been tested either.
"Alberto, Vincenzo, we're all up here with our respective teams and, at the end of the day, we're the ones that have to stand in front of the television cameras in July and justify performances.
"All three of us are GC (General Classification) contenders and the probability is that whoever is in the yellow jersey in July is going to have to answer questions. If we're not getting tested, that doesn't look good on any of us.

"It would be good to have more testing done here, especially this close to the Tour de France. I would have expected to see more testing and it's disappointing."
Froome has never failed a doping test but repeatedly had to answer questions about the subject on his way to winning the Tour de France for the first time last summer.
He claims he has only been tested once during his visits to Tenerife despite Sky and other pro teams regularly using the area for high-altitude training.
"I've been tested once and I've been up here maybe four or five times," the Kenyan-born rider added.
"In my opinion they're not helping by not doing controls at this part in the season. I think that if we're trying to show that the sport has changed it's difficult to do so if we're not being tested up here."
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