Chris Froome has spoken publicly for the first time since his salbutamol case was revealed, insisting that “no one wants this resolved more quickly than I do.”
Froome spoke outside the Team Sky bus as he prepared to start his 2018 season at the Ruta del Sol in Mijas in southern Spain. Froome and Team Sky have defied calls from UCI president David Lappartient for him to recuse himself from racing until his case is resolved, insisting that he is innocent.
“We’re in the middle of that process now and there is a process in place for me to demonstrate that I haven’t done anything wrong. I know that I haven’t done anything wrong and that’s what I intend to do, to show that,” Froome said when asked about Lappartient’s calls that he should not race.
Froome added that he did not have a timeline for when the case would be resolved.
“No one wants this resolved more quickly than I do,” he said.
“I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there and also a lot of people out there who don’t necessarily understand the process that’s in place. Obviously it was meant to have been a confidential process. It has been made public now but also a lot of other athletes and riders have been through this process themselves. I’m not asking for the benefit of the doubt here, I’m just asking for a fair process.”
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