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Four-time Tour de France champion Christopher FROOME in the doping control target
Just a few days ago, we were sharing with you an article on complements detectable by anti-doping tests. And we remind you that "since the beginning of sports, athletes have always looked for ways and means to improve their performance. ". The dream of being able to go beyond one's limits, surpass oneself and surprise oneself ...
Today, taking sports supplements to improve one's strength and endurance has become commonplace among athletes, in search of performance and success. Some studies have shown that anti-doping tests do not always spot all substances.
But the sports federations can not understand this irresistible urge to outdo themselves And as a measure of security they forbid a multitude of products.
Christopher Froome: his victories tainted by an "abnormal" doping control
We all know the exploits of the famous cyclist Christopher FROOME. Born in 1985, Nairobi, Kenya, this British cyclist won the victories of the famous Tour de France in 2017, 2016,2015 and 2013.
After his success in July at the Tour de France, FROOME wins in September the Tour of Spain. A great track record for this 32 sportsman, becoming an icon in the world of cycling.
But now this Wednesday 13 December 2017, the fame of FROOME takes a new turn: that of the media doping.
Indeed, this morning the French media "Le Monde" and his British counterpart "The Guardian" reveal that FROOME would be the subject of a procedure after an anti-doping test carried out during the last Tour of Spain. This test would prove to be "abnormal". The source of this alarming information was confirmed by David Lappartient, President of the International Cycling Union (UCI).
This accusation of doping if it were confirmed would have serious consequences on the image and the course of FROOME. Indeed, this charge could deprive him ofhis victory at the Tour of Spain and the double Tour de France-Tour of Spain, which took place this summer. See the deprive of participation in the Tour de France 2018.
"Abnormal" but not "positive" control:
In doping cases in the world of sport, we are used to seeing in the headlines "X tested positive in anti-doping tests". Here, the test of Christopher FROOME does not reveal itself positive But "abnormal". What lies behind an "abnormal" anti-doping test?
During his participation in the Tour of Spain, Christopher FROOME was checked during the 18e step. The results of his test revealed a high concentration in Salbutamol.
Salbutamol corresponds to the active ingredient of Ventolin. Recall that the Ventoline is a bronchodilator to help reduce asthma attacks. Salbutamol is not banned by sports federations, but its use remains regulated. Before, athletes with asthma had to submit a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). But since 2010, this justification is no longer necessary.
Knowing that FROOME is asthmatic, there is at first sight nothing extraordinary to find the presence of Salbutamol in his urine. However, where the low hurts is at the levels found. Effectively, the concentration of Salbutamol present in the urine of FROOME would be twice the permitted limit. That is to say, this concentration was close to 2.000 nanograms per milliliter.
It remains now only for FROOME to convince the International Federation, that its administration of Salbutamol was conducted according to regulation, ie by inhalation and at recommended doses. What other factors have played in raising the concentration.