Froome’s salbutamol case, The Secret Pro’s reaction: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

December 14, 2017

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Chris Froome urine test reveals twice the legal amount of Salbutamol

by CyclingTips

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has returned an “adverse analytical finding” for Salbutamol in a urine sample taken at this year’s Vuelta a Espana. The sample, which was taken after stage 18 of the Vuelta — a race Froome went on to win — contained 2,000 nanograms per millilitre (ng/ml) of Salbutamol, twice the 1,000 ng/ml permitted by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).

An analysis of Froome’s B sample confirmed the results of the A sample and, according to the UCI, “proceedings are being conducted in line with the UCI Anti-Doping Rules”.

Salbutamol is a common medication used to relieve the symptoms of asthma and is permitted for use without a therapeutic use exemption, up to a threshold. Froome reportedly experienced “acute asthma symptoms” during the Vuelta a Espana, requiring further medication.

“It is well known that I have asthma and I know exactly what the rules are,” Froome said via a Team Sky press release. “I use an inhaler to manage my symptoms (always within the permissible limits) and I know for sure that I will be tested every day I wear the race leader’s jersey.

“My asthma got worse at the Vuelta so I followed the team doctor’s advice to increase my Salbutamol dosage. As always, I took the greatest care to ensure that I did not use more than the permissible dose.”

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Today’s feature image shows Ellen Van Loy (BEL/Telenet Fidea Lions) in the 2017 CX Vlaamse Druivencross Overijse, and was taken by Kristof Ramon.