Tony Martin, a German rider, has accused cycling chiefs of double standards for not forbidding Chris Froome after he failed an anti-doping test at his win at the Vuelta a Espana last September.
Martin said that the UCI, the governing body, had been “inconsistent, unprofessional and unfair” in its reaction to the sample of Froome registering twice the legal level of Salbutamol, an asthma drug.
Froome, a Four-time Tour de France winner, insists that he did not take more than the allowed dose and he must explain the results of the test or face losing his Vuelta title.
On social media, Martin wrote: “I’m totally angry. In the case of Christopher Froome, a double standard is definitely measured. Other athletes are immediately disabled after a positive sample. This is a scandal.”
Meanwhile, Froome has denounced “misconceptions about athletes and salbutamol use.”
Froome stated: “My hope is that this doesn’t prevent asthmatic athletes from using their inhalers in emergency situations for fear of being judged. It is not something to be ashamed of.”
Martin, a four-time individual time-trial world champion, questioned whether “agreement behind the scenes” occurred in order to hush up the test result o Froome, which was exposed by Le Monde and the Guardian on Wednesday.
Brian Cookson, the former UCI president who was voted out of his post two weeks after the test of Froome, has denied any form of “role or influence.”
Cookson stated: “I had then, and still have today, confidence in the integrity of all those involved, that they would always follow the correct procedures in every case, and that no rider was treated in any way differently from any other.”