Cookson: Chris Froome had no special treatment from the UCI

Chris Froome shares a joke with his team

Chris Froome shares a joke with his team (Image credit: Tim de Waele/

Former UCI president Brian Cookson has told Cyclingnews that he was made aware that Chris Froome had returned an adverse analytical finding (AFF) for salbutamol one day before being ousted as the head of the sport's governing body. The development comes just days after Cookson had told the BBC that the reputations of both Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky should be reinstated after a UKAD investigation was closed following a lack of evidence into an alleged doping violation that took place in 2011. Cookson has also told Cyclingnews that 'Froome had no special treatment' in relation to his case.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.