Yes, unlike Bill Clinton, Chris Froome inhales. In fact he likes his stuff so much he has been known to inhale twice the limit he’s allowed to.
According to my Facebook timeline this morning, all hell has broken loose because of a joint Guardian / Le Monde report about Froome being busted during the Vuelta this year for taking twice the allowed amount of Salbutamol, an asthma drug that seems to be the common element in most inhalers.
Froome isn’t the only cyclist to have gone over this limit, with one rider getting away with it without any sanctions, and one getting a 12 month ban and stage wins deleted from his palmarès. Those two, incidently, had less Salbutamol in their blood samples than Froome.
You’ll be surprised to know that I didn’t actually know what Salbutamol was before breakfast this morning. Well, it’s just after lunch and I’m a new expert on it. It turns out that there isn’t any conclusive evidence that this stuff even enhances performance, other than the obvious affect it would have on an asthmatic who needs it.
But rules are rules and it appears that Sky hasn’t found away to explain this one away yet. I suppose the only question left to ask is, who do you think will win the Tour next year…?