Sky and UCI under scrutiny for Chris Froome's steroid TUE

Calls made to tighten up the Union Cycliste Internationale's procedure for administering Therapeutic Use Exemption certificates

Chris Froome leads Nibali on stage three of the 2014 Tour de Romandie (Photo: Graham Watson)

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Sky's Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) request for Chris Froome in May showed that cycling's governing body is under-staffed, according to France's Journal du Dimanche newspaper. Froome received an exception to use a steroid due to a chest infection and won the Tour de Romandie, but the weekly pointed out errors in the process.

"The UCI does not have the committee of experts to issue the TUEs as has long been required by the World Anti-Doping Agency rules," the newspaper reported. "It's the sole responsibility of Dr Mario Zorzoli, UCI medical committee coordinator, to grant these authorisations that – as in Chris Froome's case – can aid performances."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.