• Study claims it is unfeasible to accurately measure level of salbutamol
• Froome under scrutiny for adverse finding at 2017 Vuelta
Chris Froome’s battle to rescue his reputation after a failed drugs test looks bound for the court of arbitration for sport as it emerged that a study calling into question the efficacy of the test will form a key part of his defence.
The 32-year-old is competing in the Giro d’Italia with Team Sky as he bids to win a historic third successive Grand Tour. He won last year’s Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. In December the Guardian and Le Monde revealed a urine test submitted after stage 18 of the Vuelta showed excessive levels of the asthma drug salbutamol and he could yet be stripped of that title if he is found to have committed an anti-doping violation.
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• Organisers unhappy after paying €1.4m for Team Sky to attend
• Mauro Vegni criticises Dave Brailsford for his non-disclosure
Team Sky have been accused of deceiving the organisers of the Giro d’Italia into handing over a reported €1.4m in appearance fees by not disclosing that their star rider Chris Froome had already failed a drug test.
According to the Giro race director, Mauro Vegni, Dave Brailsford’s team entered into negotiations over Froome’s appearance in the Giro knowing the rider had returned an adverse finding from a urine test on his way to winning the Vuelta a España in September last year.
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Tom Dumoulin The Dutchman is attempting to defend the pink jersey he won in thrilling style, overturning a 53 second deficit to secure victory on the final day of the 2017 edition of the Giro. Riding for Team Sunweb he is supported by two of the riders who helped him to success but has endured a tumultuous start to the season, plagued by mechanical issues in the Abu Dhabi Tour and abandoning the Tirreno-Adriatico after crashing several times
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Team Sky’s main men show crisis-management abilities as they target Bernard Hinault’s record of holding all three grand tour titles simultaneously
Chris Froome knows as well as anybody that the Giro d’Italia could be the last time he rides competitively for a while. The result of his anti-doping case is expected some time between the finish of this race on 21 May and the start of the Tour de France in July.
But while the Team Sky principal, Dave Brailsford, wore a battle-weary look on another bruising day for his operation, the top rider breezed through his questions in Jerusalem seemingly carefree and confident.
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British rider’s attempt to complete a unique triple crown of consecutive Tour victories could be decided in the courts not on Italy’s roads
Win or lose, Chris Froome will dominate the Giro d’Italia. Unfortunately it will not be in the way that he or the race organisers would have wished when they reached a deal – rumoured to be worth €2m – to ensure the presence of the four-times Tour de France when the race starts in Israel on Friday. The Team Sky leader is bidding for a unique triple crown of Grand Tour wins: Tour, Vuelta a España, Giro, all in a row.
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Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the upcoming Giro d’Italia
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• Race organiser Christian Prudhomme confident of UCI ruling
• Froome convinced of innocence and expects verdict to go his way
Christian Prudhomme, the Tour de France organiser, has said he is confident that Chris Froome’s salbutamol case will be resolved one way or another before this year’s race.
Speaking before the start of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Classic, Prudhomme said: “I have said since December that we need a rapid solution. The statements of the president of the UCI indicate that there will certainly be an answer before the Tour de France.
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For athletes, winning is everything, no matter what the cost. That is why it will be so hard to rout drug abuse out of sport
In 1988 Linford Christie failed his first drugs test at the Seoul Olympics. That same year, my dad, Arthur White, won the first of four world titles in a powerlifting career that almost cost him – and us – everything.
Sometime in the early 80s, when I was still at primary school and the world of performance-enhancing drugs was still a crude and embryonic one, he sustained an injury. A bloke at the gym suggested steroids might speed his recovery. He was reluctant, but he needed to get better fast; he had a competition coming up. Over the years, steroids led to amphetamines, and amphetamines to cocaine. Before anyone knew it, everything imploded.
We knew it wasn’t quite normal, but who ever gets to be world champion by being normal?
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Chris Froome and Team Sky are confident after previewing the cobble sectors that will feature on the ninth stage of the Tour de France.
Read the full article at Froome ‘looks good’ on Roubaix cobbles on VeloNews.com.
• Froome set to be refused entry if doping case not resolved
• Tour of the Alps will be his final warm-up race for Giro d’Italia
The Tour de France organisers will refuse to let Chris Froome race in this year’s event if his salbutamol case has not been resolved, it is understood.
The four-times Tour champion returned an adverse finding for the asthma drug salbutamol during his winning ride at the Vuelta a España last year. He denies any wrongdoing and is continuing to race this season – as is his right under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules – while his team of lawyers and scientists work on an explanation for the adverse sample, which contained twice the allowed concentration of the drug.
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Team Sky is facing criticism from all angles, yet its riders are finding ways to succeed at the races, despite persistent questions.
Read the full article at Peloton is mum as clouds swirl around Team Sky on VeloNews.com.