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by Shane Stokes
January 5, 2018
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Weeks after the news of Chris Froome’s adverse analytical finding for salbutamol was made public, talented young rider Mathieu van der Poel has said that the Briton should serve a ban for breaking the rules. Asked during the Dutch program EenVandaag what should happen to the rider, he was blunt. “Suspension,” he stated.
“For me that’s just a positive test. If you have 2,000 nanograms of salbutamol per millilitre of urine instead of the permissible 1,000 nanograms, I do not think that it is necessary to talk about it. I may be very blunt in that. And maybe asthma patients will believe Froome. But this is just silly. And cycling is a sport for healthy people.”
He doesn’t appear impressed by the efforts of the UCI, suggesting that it could do a lot more. “The UCI allows certain products to be abused. If you say that a product is banned, you may not use it. But if you say that you can use a product to a certain amount, you know that there are people who go over that amount. Cheaters are everywhere. And that is the error of the UCI.”
Van der Poel is regarded as one of the best prospects in the sport. In 2014 he won the world cyclo-cross championship at just 20 years of age, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the sport. Last year he took the European championships, and has also shone in other disciplines.
Froome is facing the probable loss of his Vuelta a Espana title, as well as a ban.
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