Vincenzo Nibali: You only need a few puffs of Salbutamol to feel good
Dec 16 2017 02:12 pm CET

Vincenzo Nibali: You only need a few puffs of Salbutamol to feel good
Vincenzo Nibali: You only need a few puffs of Salbutamol to feel good
Photo of Vincenzo Nibali by Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Vincenco Nibali of Bahrain-Merida does not understand how Chris Froome could have exceeded the Salbutamol limit, saying that only a few puffs are enough to feel better.

The Italian finished second in the Vuelta a España and a disqualification of the Team Sky rider would see Nibali move up to the top of the standings. This is, however, not something the cyclist welcomes with open arms.

"This has been very bad news for me, for cycling and for sports," he told Spanish sports paper Marca. "Because I think that nowadays, the cyclist is a reference in showing how sports can be practiced cleanly and how great and healthy an activity like cycling is. When a problem like this arises, it's like taking a step back."

The 'Shark of Messina' went on to explain that not that much Salbutamol is needed in order to feel better, and that the limits should be respected.

"Froome said that this is only about his asthma. But I have an allergy problem too with pollen and I take three, four, five puffs and the lungs open up. Many will say that this is not true, but in my team we have performed tests and riders with more serious problems than mine tell me that with two puffs they feel fine.

"They know what the limit is, and make sure they don't exceed it. And if there are limits, it's because there are reasons to have them. I wouldn't be able to explain them, but if they're there, it's because they are needed and they have to be respected."




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