British cyclist Chris Froome, four times winner of the Tour de France, lamented today that his accusation for doping has become a public debate.
He is currently competing in Italy in the Tirreno-Adriatico race, while his case for being positive to salbutamol is being solved. The athlete considered that it is a difficult situation.
On the position of the president of the International Cycling Union, David Lappartient, the athlete stated that 'he should speak in person and not in the media', referring to the words of the leader, who said that Froome should not run the Tour if his case continues pending.
'Given your concern for the reputation of the sport, I think it would be wiser to raise your concerns in person or at least through the right channels rather than through the media,' Froome said.
'I have seen your comments and I can only say that I am doing everything possible to follow the process from here,' the athlete said.
When asked if he felt that it was a case of a political nature by Lappartient, Froome replied: 'I would have to ask him.'