Chris Froome: I will provide whatever information the UCI requires
Dec 13 2017 10:41 am CET

Chris Froome: I will provide whatever information the UCI requires
Chris Froome: I will provide whatever information the UCI requires
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Chris Froome has stated that he will fully cooperate with the UCI after an adverse result of a doping control during the 2017 Vuelta a España.

The rider said that he suffers from asthma since childhood and uses an inhaler to take Salbutamol to prevent and ease symptoms brought on by exercise. This medication is permitted by the World Anti Doping Administration (WADA) when inhaled up to a limit of 1600 micrograms over a period of 24 hours.

During the final week of the Vuelta, Froome presented acute asthma symptoms that led to an increased dosage following the advice of the Team Sky doctor.

"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," he commented. "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."

Team Sky states that there is considerable evidence showing that there are significant and unpredictable variations in the way the Salbutamols is metabolised and excreted. Things like the interaction of the medication with food and other medications, as well as dehydration and the timing the Salbutamol was used before the test could also affect the concentration of the substance in the urine, it says.

"There are complex medical and physiological issues which affect the metabolism and excretion of Salbutamol. We’re committed to establishing the facts and understanding exactly what happened on this occasion," said Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford.

"I have the utmost confidence that Chris followed the medical guidance in managing his asthma symptoms, staying within the permissible dose for Salbutamol. Of course, we will do whatever we can to help address these questions."




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