Will UCI ban Chris Froome?

Chris Froome could be facing a racing ban after urine tests revealed elevated levels of Salbutamol during the 2017 Vuelta a España. A urine sample from a test taken after stage 18 of the Vuelta revealed 2,000 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) of Salbutamol. Double the level allowed under WADA anti-doping rules. Salbutamol is a bronchial treatment for asthma that does not require a TUE (therapeutic use exemption) but is limited to 1,000 ng/ml.

Details were confirmed by Team Sky and later the UCI ahead of reports from The Guardian and Le Monde. Froome may receive a racing ban of 6 months and be disqualified from his Vuelta victory.

In 2007, Alessandro Petacchi was banned for 12 months after he tested for 1,320 ng/ml. Petacchi had a TUE for the product, as the rules then required, but he was 320 ng/ml over the limit. Petacchi lost a challenge to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and was disqualified for 12 months and saw five Giro stage victories taken away.
Should Froome also receive a 6 months to one year ban or will the UCI make an exception for Team Sky and Chris Froome?

One Comment Add yours

  1. bgddyjim says:

    Wow! Suspend him, I suppose.


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