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by Shane Stokes
December 19, 2017
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Cycling Ireland doctor Conor McGrane has commented on the Chris Froome adverse analytical finding for salbutamol, expressing concern at the levels of the substance in his system.
“It’s important to say that this is not just potentially an anti-doping infraction; having such high levels is actually very bad for you,” McGrane told CyclingTips as part of a detailed discussion about use of such medication. “Overuse of salbutamol is actually associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death. So there is a substantial health risk involved too. It is lethal stuff at those sorts of levels.”
Froome was tested close to the end of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana he won. The salbutamol amounts in his system were twice the permitted level, plunging him and his team into a serious crisis. It is currently being investigated, and he may lose his Vuelta title plus face a suspension.
“Using the level of salbutamol that seems to have been used here was either a very severe attack after the stage before the doping control, or just using unhealthy doses to try to push things to the limit,” said McGrane.
“It reflects badly on everyone involved, really. And we are not talking about a neo pro here in a Continental team with very minimum backup. You are talking about a team which supposedly has the best sports medicine, the best medical advice that they can get. Basic mistakes like this shouldn’t happen.”
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