After Hinault’s comments a couple of days ago about Froome and his salbutamol case, Team Sky have hit back and this time with a clear message.
French cycling legend, Bernard Hinault said that the 2018 Tour de France peloton should go on a strike as soon as possible in case Chris Froome, the three-time tour de France champion, is allowed to become part of it despite the fact his salbutamol case is still unresolved by the UCI.
Accordion to the five-time Tour de France winner, Froome should not participate in any cycling event. Especially in the biggest Grand Tour in the world which starts on July 7, considering the fact his investigation is still opened.
“If the international authorities don’t sanction him it’s up to the other cyclists to shoulder the responsibility,” Hinault said earlier this week.
Hasn’t been long since Hinault attacked Froome saying that he “is not a legend” despite the fact he won an impressive Giro d’Italia last month and became the third rider in the history to have ever won three consecutive grand tours after winning last year’s Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana.
Responding to these comments, Team Sky representative said that Hinault is “irresponsible and ill-informed” about the case and facts behind it.
“It is disappointing that Bernard Hinault has, once again, repeated factually incorrect comments about a case he clearly does not understand,” Team Sky representative said.
“His comments are irresponsible and ill-informed. Chris has not had a positive test, rather an adverse analytical finding for a prescribed asthma medication. As an ex-rider himself, Bernard will appreciate the need for fairness for each and every athlete. And at the current time, Chris is entitled to race.”