Team Sky has just named Chris Froome to its Ruta del Sol squad for mid February despite an ongoing investigation into his adverse finding. Sure, it might not be against the rules, but maybe it's time for Froome/Team Sky to read the room.
By
Rachel de Bear

Source:
Cycling Central
6 Feb 2018 - 11:31 AM  UPDATED 6 Feb 2018 - 12:03 PM

The four-time Tour de France winner may be under investigation for returning an adverse drugs test at last year's Vuelta a España, but Team Sky has pushed on regardless, naming him to their squad for next week's Ruta del Sol. 

Froome to make season debut at Ruta del Sol
Team Sky has brushed off controversy over the ongoing investigation into Chris Froome's adverse finding of excessive amounts of the asthma medication Salbutamol and named the team leader to its squad for the upcoming Ruta del Sol.

"I'm confident that we will be able to get to the bottom of what has happened and I'm working hard with the team to do that," Froome said in the statement announcing the news.

"Obviously, I understand that this situation has created a lot of uncertainty. I completely get why there has been so much interest and speculation."

Um, not sure Froomey does completely get it. Here's just some of the reactions from t'internet to the news: 

Read the room, Team Sky, read the room. Here's five things a little less clueless than Team Sky right now. 

1. The clueless girls in Clueless

It wasn't just Brittany Murphy's character Tai who was a little clueless/naive, the main theme obviously being that protagonist Cher was the most clueless to oh so much. Until, of course, she wasn't. But even before that, she and Tai could've probably read the room much better than Team Sky right now. 

2. Not posting your epic training rides to Strava when you haven't posted in a long time

Froomey's been rather active on Strava the last month or so logging over 5,000 kilometres, one thousand of them in just the first week of January. 

It, of course, led to rumours and speculation - the main one doing the rounds: Froomey was trying to recreate the conditions at the Vuelta and how his body processed salbutamol. 

Even if it doesn't lead to such speculation, it seems... I want to say...a little arrogant. 

"I have put in a hard training block in January," Froome said in the Ruta del Sol announcement. "It's been good to be out on my bike and to get the miles under my belt."

Look away everyone, nothing to see here. 

3. The UCI boss 

Team Sky should suspend Froome, says UCI chief
World cycling boss David Lappartient says Team Sky should suspend Chris Froome until the end of an inquiry into his failed drugs test for an asthma medication.

"Team Sky should suspend Froome," Lappartient told daily Le Telegramme.

"However, it is not up to me to interfere. Without going into the question of guilt, it would be simpler for everyone," said the Frenchman, who was elected last September.

We all know UCI presidents have perhaps been a little clueless in the past when it comes to anti-doping and a range of other issues. And perhaps you could say the current boss speaking out against an existing UCI rule which states Froomey can ride isn't the wisest of moves. 

Nope, actually, you win this one Froomey/Team Sky. 

4. Discussions about the real issues

Ever since news of Froomey's adverse finding first dropped, and even now overnight, discussions online and on social media have ensued about whether the finding should've leaked or not, and it being OK for Froome to ride.

Sure, UCI's rules state he can ride. Also, Sky isn't signed up to the MPCC (Movement for Credible Cycling) where member teams must automatically suspend a rider from competition after a positive test or adverse finding. And maybe it shouldn't have leaked. These are of course good discussions to have

But we are where we are. 

And as a result, these discussions now feel a little clueless - they simply aren't the most important things we should take away from this incident.  

How about: why was that amount in his system? Will we get the real answer or just some excuse?

What edge is a guilty rider (and I'm not saying Froome is!) looking for with salbutamol and why, especially when we're probably talking about only a few seconds, not minutes?

Therefore, what sort of a culture still persists in cycling and why? Do we need to lower our expectations?

Are Team Sky and Froomey transparent and will we ever get an honest answer? If not, why not?

Because promises were once made that could never be expected to be kept in the culture of professional cycling and anything else perhaps embarrassingly backtracks from that original position?

Well, look where we are now anyway.