Chris Froome said an adverse drugs test has put him in a "horrible situation" but reiterated he is not guilty of any wrongdoing.
The UCI has asked Froome to explain elevated levels of salbutamol in a urine sample taken in September during his Vuelta a Espana triumph.
Four-time Tour de France champion Froome insists he did not exceed the permitted dosage of salbutamol, which he takes as an asthma sufferer.
The Brit had twice the level of the legal substance in his system and the Team Sky rider understands the inquisition which has followed since the world governing body requested an explanation.
"I do completely get it - I have been a bike rider for 10 years now and I know how some people might look at our sport." Froome said on the Sports Personality of the Year show on BBC One.
"That is a responsibility I take very seriously and we are working as hard as we can to try and get to the bottom of it.
"I am an asthmatic, I have been since I was a child, and I use a puffer to help manage it but I have never taken more than I am allowed, so it is quite a horrible situation."
Froome was voted only seventh as Mo Farah was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday.