Following a joint investigation by the Guardian and Le Monde, which revealed that the 32-year-old had double the permitted levels of the asthma medication salbutamol in his body, the four-time Tour de France winner admitted that he had upped his dose of the drug during the race – but insisted he had not broken any rules.
Now, however, the spotlight is on him. Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, riders are allowed a level of 1,000 nanograms per millilitre. However, Froome was found to have twice that amount in a urine sample taken during the Tour of Spain on 7 September.
“My asthma got worse at the Vuelta so I followed the team doctor’s advice to increase my salbutamol dosage. In 2007 the Italian cyclist Alessandro Petacchi was given a 12-month ban for excessive salbutamol and stripped of his five stage victories in the Giro d’Italia.
p.s. from last year i have a very easy asthm --> next year you know for whom to bid to win Tour de France ... me
The riders of team dustin have also problems with asthma and other healthing problems. But no problem at all, me the manager will give them a valid paper. They can take what they want, the controls here are not waterproof. But I tell my riders, all is good so long nobody knows.
Doping in cycling is a very difficult case to me. Certain products are forbidden. Some products are legal, but only for a certain amount. Some only when you have a permission. This means the body of a cyclist will be almost "programmed": be sure you take as many products as you can, but always just under the limit, so you're not "cheating". And make sure the paperwork is ok to be bale to take all those products.
But I wouldn't want to be a professional cyclist today. There are a lot of products every normal human being uses (to cure a small disease faster) that cyclists are forbidden to take. If I was a cyclist, I would be afraid ALL THE TIME. You can controle everything you take yourself, but you can't controle everything that enters your body. I'm thinking about a Belgian (unknown) cyclist, who tried to commit suicide because he was accused of taking doping, while he knew he did everything to be fair. Apparently, there was a really small amount of steroids or something in the meat he ate at a restaurant during the tour of China. When you buy something in a shop, how can you know it's 100% clean? Or maffiastyle: What if someone does something forbidden in your drinks when you don't notice. I wouldn't be able to sleep...
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