Lance Armstrong Critical Of UCI, Chris Froome Ahead Of Tour De France

Lance Armstrong was critical of UCI's investigation into Chris Froome

Tiki and Tierney
October 30, 2018 - 11:15 am

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Lance Armstrong dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss numerous topics, including Chris Froome and the upcoming Tour de France, which will unfold July 7-29.

“His life in France for the next three weeks is going to absolutely suck,” Armstrong said on Tiki and Tierney. “They will not let up on him. It’s going to be brutal. Now, it’s been brutal the last two years. They’ve hissed and booed and thrown stuff at him. He’s gone through it with thick skin, but it’s going to be tough on him.”

Froome has won the Tour de France four times – in 2013, and 2015-17. The 33-year-old, however, was under investigation for having a higher-than-allowed level of salbutamol, a legal asthma drug, in his urine.

“I get super frustrated with this case,” Armstrong said. “He tested positive for an asthma inhaler that he’s (used) his whole life. A drug like that, it’s not whether it’s there or not; it’s whether or not it crosses the threshold. So his was over the threshold.”

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the governing body for cycling, dropped proceedings against Froome following a nine-month investigation.

“The most frustrating thing for me as a person who cover the sport now is that it took this dysfunctional sport this long to adjudicate it, and in the end most people don’t even view it as an adjudication,” Armstrong said. “They just view it as ‘Oh, he had the best lawyers, and they threw it out.’ So the whole thing stinks. If you can’t figure out a process by which these things are resolved in a timely manner and everybody’s happy – and when I say everybody, I mean the stakeholders, including the media – then we’re fools. That’s just amateur hour. To me, that is the takeaway. That is the most frustrating thing.”