Chris Froome has been stingingly attacked by Bernard Hinault who claims that Time Sky rider should have never been a part of the Giro d’Italia start line. They owe a biggie to his anti-doping battle.
Chris Froome collaborated with Hinault and Eddy Merckx by claiming himself as the third man in the history to grab three grand tour titles consecutively. This 32-year-old artisan implemented an exceptional comeback to declare his victory over Giro d’Italia and add it to his Tour de France and Vuelta a España winnings from last year.
However, Hinault does not want his name to be uttered alongside his own. The 63-year-old Frenchman claimed, “Froome does not belong on that list,” according to the reports by a Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.
Hinault further added, “He should never have been allowed to start in the Giro. Why do we have to wait so long for a verdict? With what right does Froome get so much time to find an explanation? Is it because Sky has so much money?”
Chris Froome, on the other hand, denied any wrongdoing, and is really looking forward to bidding for his fifth Tour de France title which is to be held in July. The president of the UCI, David Lappertient, declared that the opportunities of Froome’s case being resolved before this tournament has dropped drastically to 50 percent a week ago to probably less than 50 percent!
According to the reports of a French newspaper, L’Équipe, Lappartient said, “The probability of having the [anti-doping] decision before the start of the Tour de France is 50% or less. It’s a very complex case, with a lot of lawyers, a lot of documents, and a lot of money. We will make our decision as soon as possible but we have no time. Everything is more complicated than usual in this case.”
Froome and his legal team have worked so hard to look after his reputation for several months since the media revealed that he had returned a serious test while in September during Vuelta a España.
The reports of his urine test declared that he had the asthma drug, salbutamol, in his system, in double amounts. On this Hinault said, “This is all very sad. Froome is not part of the legend of the sport, because what image does he give cycling? He may also start the Tour later. It’s a real scandal. This has to stop.”