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

by Shane Stokes

December 14, 2017

Chris Froome urine test reveals twice the legal amount of Salbutamol; Nibali on Froome salbutamol case: No one can give me back the thrill of winning the Vuelta; Vuelta a España expresses ‘extreme caution’ about Froome situation; The Secret Pro: My thoughts on Froome’s positive and the bikes we ride; Tucker analyses Froome case; INRNG on what comes next for Froome; Podcast: Chris Froome’s positive; Ewan confirmed for Tour de France debut in 2018; Stig Broeckx pushes through rehab; Aqua Blue reveals 2018 kit

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. 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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