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by Shane Stokes
January 12, 2018
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Former pro Michael Rasmussen has expressed some scepticism about Chris Froome’s stated reason for his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol, with the Dane questioning Froome’s claim that he didn’t take too many puffs of his inhaler.
“That is a mystery to me,” he told the Irish radio show Off The Ball this week. “You need to take a lot of salbutamol to exceed the limit. I do not know how many puffs of the inhaler you need to take to reach twice the limit, but the fact is that if the limit of 1000 ng/ml was too low, the WADA-accredited laboratories would be drowning in tests of salbutamol because there are so many people taking it out there across all sports. In particular cross-country skiing, swimming and basically all endurance sports.
“So, if that limit was set too low, you would see a line around the block at the laboratory in Lausanne trying to contest the result. But that is not the case.”
Froome was tested during the Vuelta a Espana and, close to the end of the race, returned a sample which would show double the allowed upper limit for the medication. He is facing the likely loss of his Vuelta title and a probable ban. He has insisted he is innocent.
Rasmussen said he was somewhat puzzled by the nature of the case. “The drug itself is not really that powerful, so it really is a mystery to me that he tested positive,” he said. Asked if he believed that those currently in charge of cycling at the UCI were better than before in impartially policing the sport, he disagreed. “Not really, no. I actually think that the big riders have more leeway than the lesser riders in the peloton.”
Click through here to listen to the interview on Off The Ball.