CyclingTips Podcast: Chris Froome has tested positive. What does it mean?

by Caley Fretz


Chris Froome has returned an adverse analytical finding, more commonly known as testing positive. A urine sample taken at the Vuelta a Espana was found to contain double the legal limit of the asthma drug Salbutamol. Due to the nature of the drug, Froome is not provisionally suspended. What does this mean for Froome? What exactly is Salbutamol? Could this be an accidental positive? Caley Fretz and Shane Stokes dig into the breaking news with help from a cycling doctor well versed in asthma drugs.

Full disclosure. We recorded the majority of this podcast before the Froome news broke. Therefore, the rest of this week’s episode takes us back to a simpler, more innocent time, a time before the Tour champion tested positive.

In this episode, your hosts chat with Peter Flax about his recent feature on American racing mainstay Bill Elliston, then call up Enve and Mavic to ask them about safety concerns with carbon clincher wheels. Finally, after eight positive tests at the Vuelta a Colombia, can we trust the best performances of Colombian cycling? Klaus Bellon, a writer born in Bogota and now living in the U.S., gives us a reason to believe.

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