Another dope gives cycling a bad name

(This first appeared in the Independent on Saturday) Depending on your outlook, the past week has been either a good week for cycling or another terrible week. On Monday it was announced that top mountain biker Max Knox has been found guilty of a doping offense and banned for four years by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids). According to the Saids statement, Knox was charged for suspicious variations in his athlete biological…

"Another dope gives cycling a bad name"

Max Knox banned for doping

TOP South African mountain biker Max Knox has been found guilty of a doping offense and banned for four years, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) announced today. He was charged for suspicious variations in his Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) that indicated doping. He could not satisfactorily explain to a panel of international experts appointed by SAIDS the reasons for the variation. Knox is a former South African Marathon MTB champion (2012 and…

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Froome spoils a perfect day

Wednesday was a wonderful day for me on so many levels. It was my birthday, so a few presents started things off well (and tempered the depression about my ever-increasing age), and I ended up having a delightful dinner with my family. So Wednesday was topped and tailed flawlessly, and then, as a newspaperman, the day just kept delivering presents. First, our not-so-dear President was given a bloody nose by the judicial system when he…

"Froome spoils a perfect day"

What is Salbutamol and did it help Froome?

According to Wikipedia, Salbutamol, also known as albuterol and marketed as Ventolin among other names, is a medication that opens up the medium and large airways in the lungs. It is used to treat asthma including asthma attacks, exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It may also be used to treat high blood potassium levels. Salbutamol is usually used with an inhaler or nebulizer but is also available as a pill and intravenous…

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Froome caught in drug controversy

Double Grand Tour winner Chris Froome faces the prospect of a doping ban after he failed a drug test taken after Stage 18 of the La Vuelta in September.¬†Froome won the Vuelta just a few weeks after claiming his fourth Tour de France victory at the end of July. Read OnYourBike.bike’s report on the stage 18 of the La Vuelta Froome was found to have excessive levels of anti-asthma drug salbutamol from the test taken…

"Froome caught in drug controversy"