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Chris Froome Denies Reports He’s Agreed to a Doping Ban

Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome is denying reports the he’s agreed to accept a ban for taking more than the permitted dosage for the asthma drug Salbutamol. 

Froome has been the subject of intense scrutiny throughout he attempt to explain why he had twice the permitted concentration of the drug in his urine following stage 18 of last autumn’s Vuelta a España. 

The British rider has denied taking more than the permitted dosage, claiming he was advised by a Team Sky doctor to take more than the usual number of puffs of his inhaler following the stage, but adding that he knew the limits very well and had never exceeded them.

That may not be enough to save him from a suspension, however, with the onus on the rider to prove his innocence following an adverse analytical finding (AAF).

A report in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera yesterday, claims that Froome had accepted the futility of his position and was now trying to strike an “honorable armistice” in the hope of receiving a six to nine-month ban so that he could return to racing in time for the Giro d’Italia in May or Tour de France in July.

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