The shocking news broke today that Chris Froome failed a drug test at the Vuelta a Espana. It is yet another huge PR disaster for the sport of cycling which was hoping that all wrongdoings were behind them.
Chris Froome was the future of clean cycling and has racked up four Tour de France’s to go with his Vuelta a Espana. He was planning on taking part in the Giro d’Italia and going for a historic three grand tours in 12 months. These new revelations will once again bring the camera on the wrong side of the sport and onto British Cycling.
The problems have arised from the use of an inhaler by Froome for his asthma. The drug which is used in the medicine is Salbutamol, which was recorded as twice as high as the limit on Froome in Spain. While the sport allows asthma medicine there is a limit on how much you can have in your system.
Chris Froome has claimed that during the 2017 Vuelta he was struggling with asthma and so under the watch of his doctor, upped the dose. His statement on the case said “It is well known that I have asthma and I know exactly what the rules are. I use an inhaler to manage my symptoms (always within the permissible limits) and I know for sure that I will be tested every day I wear the race leader’s jersey.
“My asthma got worse at the Vuelta so I followed the team doctor’s advice to increase my Salbutamol dosage. As always, I took the greatest care to ensure that I did not use more than the permissible dose.”
“I take my leadership position in my sport very seriously. The UCI is absolutely right to examine test results and, together with the team, I will provide whatever information it requires.”
At first glance this may seem a sound argument, but it is simply the manner in which he is getting results on the bike that brings into question his results from tests.
Froome dominated on the road this year and anyone who does this endures questions from fans. Chris Froome has felt this animosity before. He has had urine thrown on him during the Tour de France after a performance that seemed too good to be true.
What hasn’t helped the situation is that British Cycling’s former poster boy Bradley Wiggins’s reputation was also dragged through the mire and alongside him Team Sky and David Brailsford. This is the same team that now preside over Chris Froome’s success.
Wiggins was found to be bending the rules of the UCI’s medical exemption rules and that is why the focus on Froome will be twice as big now to discover whether he was doing the same thing. Of course, all of us hope this is a misunderstanding but considering this is the sport where Lance Armstrong kept the greatest lie in sport anything is possible.
As a betting tips website we, of course, need everything to be clean to make our predictions and a fan wants to be able to watch the sport knowing it is a fair race.
Froome will be hoping this is over quick as any prolonged exposure will only reignite animosity towards him that he has felt before in the past unfounded. With some weight behind their allegations, fans might be even more extreme than a pot of urine!