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by Shane Stokes

January 6, 2018

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Dennis on Froome: ‘I’ve got zero tolerance for any sort of positive test’

by Matt de Neef

BUNINYONG, Australia (CT) – Newly minted Australian time trial champion Rohan Dennis (BMC) has offered his perspective on the Chris Froome salbutamol saga, saying he would have handled the situation differently had he been in Froome’s shoes.

“I’ve got a zero tolerance for any sort of positive test, and that goes for myself,” Dennis said after winning his third-straight national time trial title. “If I accidentally or purposefully take something — which I never would purposefully take something — then you just have to own it and accept that you get a slap on the wrist and try to move on and try not to make a mistake again.”

On December 13 last year Team Sky and the UCI revealed that Chris Froome had returned a urine test containing twice the legal limit of salbutamol at the 2017 Vuelta a España. Froome went on to win the Vuelta, adding to his Tour de France title from earlier in the year.

Froome has maintained his innocence, saying that while he took an increased dose of salbutamol due to an asthma flare-up, “I took the greatest care to ensure that I did not use more than the permissible dose.” Froome has been given a “please explain” by the UCI and will likely face a ban — and lose his Vuelta title — if he can’t prove that his elevated salbutamol levels could have been achieved with a legal dose of the drug.

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