Leaking of Chris Froome’s failed drugs test harmed cycling – Julie Harrington

• British Cycling chief says publicity around test dealt reputational blow to sport
• ‘People will make up their own mind based on not having the full evidence’

Publicity surrounding Chris Froome’s failed drugs test has dealt a reputational blow not only to himself but the entire sport, according to the British Cycling chief executive, Julie Harrington.

The four-times Tour de France winner failed a urine test taken during the Vuelta a España in September last year. He went on to become the first Briton to win the race, recording his fifth Grand Tour victory, but a joint investigation between the Guardian and Le Monde revealed the test indicated twice the permitted level of the asthma drug salbutamol in his system.

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