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.