Salbutamol: A complicated history in cycling
Dec 13 2017 12:41 pm CET

Salbutamol: A complicated history in cycling
Salbutamol: A complicated history in cycling
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Team Sky's Chris Froome is not the first rider to generate an adverse result for Salbutamol. In this article, we will review some of the past cases and their consequences.

Spanish rider Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, who was riding for ONCE-Eroski and got to wear the Yellow Jersey for seven days, tested positive for the substance during the 2002 Tour de France and after the final stage of the 2002 Midi Libre. At the time, the UCI didn't consider that the result for Salbutamol was a doping offense.

Matteo Trentin, currently riding for Quick-Step Floors, tested positive for Salbutamol "in competition" in December of 2006. The Italian served a two-month suspension for the anti-doping rule violation.

Italian rider Leonardo Piepoli got a positive result for the medication for tests taken on the 22nd and 30th of May of 2007. The rider, who then rode for Saunier Duval-Prodir, was "Acquitted due to medical reasons" though the next year he was fired by the team for a "violation of the team's ethical code" after confessing to the use of third generation EPO, CERA.

Around the same time, on the 23rd of May of 2007, winner of races like Milan-San Remo and Paris-Tours Alessandro Petacchi tested positive for Salbutamol and for that reason missed the 2007 Tour de France. Even though the Court of Arbitration for Sport considered the case unintentional, his victories in five stages in the 2007 Giro d'Italia were removed and he was fired from Team Milram.

On the 19th of January of 2015, it was announced that Lampre's Diego Ulissi got a positive result during the 2014 Giro d'Italia. The rider had permission to use the substance, but the test showed that he had almost twice the permitted value in his urine, and he got a nine-month suspension, keeping the stage victories he achieved at the Italian Grand Tour.




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