Tony Martin retracts comments about Chris Froome

Tony Martin retracts comments about Chris Froome

Froome was found to have double the allowed amount of the legal drug Salbutamol in his system in a test after stage 18 of the Vuelta, which he won, on September 7, the International Cycling Union confirmed on Wednesday.

She subsequently took down the post and on Thursday, put up another message saying: "Sorry everyone for my emotional comments and insults". The onus is on the Team Sky rider to prove his innocence.

Wiggins and Froome fell out when they were Sky team-mates at the 2012 and in the past their wives, Cath Wiggins and Michelle Froome, have clashed on social media.

Catherine Wiggins slammed four-time Tour de France victor Froome over his "adverse" drugs test.

Earlier this month, Cookson was at pains to stress in a BBC documentary that he believed Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins should have their reputations "reinstated" after a UK Anti-Doping investigation into allegations of improper drug use ended without charges.

'I was informed that Chris Froome had provided an A sample with an anomalous result for a substance that did not result in an immediate provisional suspension the last 24 hours of my tenure at UCI, ' he said.

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Martin, 32, a four-time world time trial champion did add on Saturday: "I will, as I always did, continue to take a strong position regarding the fight against doping".

Team Sky said in a statement on Wednesday that Froome experienced "acute asthma symptoms" during the final week of the Vuelta and increased his dosage of Salbutamol, within permissible limits, on medical advice.

Martin displayed a lack of understanding when it comes to the rules concerning an adverse analytical finding and an asthma drug like salbutamol. Froome was double the ceiling amount of 1000ng/ml. Froome went on to win two bronze medals in the individual and team time trials - medals he will be stripped of should the International Cycling Union suspend him - and Martin said: 'I am totally angry. "There is definitely a double standard being applied in the Christopher Froome's case", the German athlete wrote.

"Not only the public but also I have immediately the impression that there is wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes, agreements are being made and ways are being sought as to how to get out of this case", Martin wrote.

Like Martin, Colombian Nairo Quintana, who has twice finished second to Froome at the Tour de France but pipped him to the Vuelta title a year ago, said the UCI must treat everyone equally. 'What is going on here is inconsequent, not transparent, unprofessional and unfair'.

BBC chiefs are considering the option of dropping Froome from Sports Personality of the Year amidst the drug probe.

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