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by Shane Stokes
March 6, 2018
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I’m sure you’ve seen the report that came out today. It accuses Sky of using powerful corticosteroids not just to get better, but get way better. Better than well, even. I’m sure it’s not over and more is to come. Smoke billows, but there’s still no visible fire. Should we place bets on who from Sky speaks out first as a named source?
I honestly don’t have much to add to the report, other than to say that it reinforces the view I’m going to lay out for you today.
Most of you have heard of this Chris Froome guy. He is a great rider with top results, but there’s this one result he’s having some trouble with. His Salbutamol levels were twice the allowed limit at the Vuelta. That’s a big no-no. I’d go as far as to say it’s the result he’s least proud of, and he had some real stinkers back in his Barloworld days.
I still can’t get past the fact that he knew he’d be tested that day in Spain. The leader of the race always gets tested. So he must have walked into that drug test trailer thinking he was going to be just fine. There’s so much speculation out there – what happened, what’s going to happen, and whether or not he’ll get banned – so I won’t dwell on that. I’d be guessing, just like all of you. Instead, let’s talk about what the pro peloton thinks.
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