Froome has 'no issue' with exemption leak in WADA hack

Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:05am EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Triple Tour de France champion Chris Froome says he has "no issue" with his private medical records being leaked in a cyber attack by Russian hackers on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

A group known as APT28 and Fancy Bear by U.S. cyber-security researchers released a second batch of data on Wednesday with the British cyclist among 25 athletes to have their Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) publicized.

"I've openly discussed my TUEs with the media and have no issues with the leak which only confirms my statements," said 2013, 2015 and 2016 Tour winner Froome in a news release.

"In nine years as a professional I've twice required a TUE for exacerbated asthma, the last time was in 2014."

TUEs allow athletes to take banned substances to treat ongoing medical conditions.

Compatriot Bradley Wiggins, who triumphed at the Tour in 2012 and last month landed a team pursuit gold to win a British record eighth Olympic Games medal, was also on the list of 25 athletes.

The Fancy Bear website published Wiggins' TUEs from 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013 that all refer to asthma-related treatments.

"There's nothing new here," a spokesman for Wiggins said. "Everyone knows Brad suffers from asthma, his medical treatment is (British Cycling) and UCI approved."   Continued...

Cycling - Tour de France cycling race - The 146.5-km (91.5 miles) Stage 20 from Megeve to Morzine, France - 23/07/2016  -  Yellow jersey leader Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain rides during the stage.  REUTERS/Juan Medina