Chris Froome Failed A Drugs Test At The Vuelta A Espana

Chris Froome Failed A Drugs Test At The Vuelta A Espana

The sample had double the permissible limit of Salbutamol, which is permitted as a legal asthma drug by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

"I have the same problem, but when it rains the pollen doesn't bother me and I don't use medication", Nibali said.

Team Sky, from their use of Geert Leinders - the Dutch doctor banned for life for a string of doping violations at Rabobank - to their lack of a paper trail for the mystery package delivered to Wiggins at the 2011 Dauphine, have long since forfeited the right to be taken seriously as the unquestionable guardians of clean sport.

"As always, I took the greatest care to ensure I did not use more than the permissible dose". An analysis of Froome's B sample confirmed the A sample test.

The 32-year-old rider has been asked to explain why a urine sample he gave during September's race in Spain contained twice the permitted concentration of the widely-used asthma drug.

"WADA say that an athlete can take up to eight puffs in a 12-hour period and up to 16 puffs in a 24-hour period".

Ulissi's attempts to explain the reading included trying to replicate the conditions of the day he was tested in a lab - something the UCI is likely to insist of Froome, too.

"We've shown data that demonstrates that if you're dehydrated the concentration level can go above the threshold level and also if your metabolism is fast that can also increase the level".

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Italian rider Alessandro Petacchi was given a one-year ban and stripped of five stage wins at the 2007 Giro after returning a Salbutamol concentration of 1,320 ng/mL.

Yes. If the UCI decide to uphold the ruling and Froome either fails or decides not to challenge the test result, a lengthy ban could be issued.

It said none of the 20 other urine tests taken by the rider had required any further explanation. I am confident that we will get to the bottom of this.

UK Anti-Doping said it is a matter for the UCI but it will "liaise with them as appropriate".

"I have the utmost confidence that Chris followed the medical guidance in managing his asthma symptoms, staying within the permissible dose for Salbutamol". "We're committed to establishing the facts and understanding exactly what happened on this occasion".

Dr John Dickinson, head of the respiratory clinic at the University of Kent, has said athletes are more susceptible to asthma than the general population.

Froome has already agreed to help the UCI after issuing a statement through Team Sky.

"Today the cycling world received bad news", Nibali said in a comment on Twitter.