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…

"What is Salbutamol and did it help Froome?"

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"

Froome wraps it up

Matteo Trentin of Quick-Step Floors won his fourth stage and Chris Froome finished 11th to wrap up his first La Vuelta victory, and his second Grant Tour win of the year – that’s the good news, the bad is that cycling fans have seen the last of Alberto Contador’s aggressive racing style. The 21th stage into Madrid was, as expected, a celebration of Froome and his victory, but there was a tinge of sadness as…

"Froome wraps it up"

Contador fires a final shot

Alberto Contador won the final mountain stage of his illustrious career – at the same place he secured his first overall win of the event in 2008 – but as he was claiming his final glory, Chris Froome was confirming his second grand tour title of 2017. The 20th stage of La Vuelta 2017 from Corvera de Asturias to Alto de l’Angliru represented Contador’s last chance to leave the world cycling stage with glory, and…

"Contador fires a final shot"

Just one big day remaining

Once again Alberto Contador launched a brazen quest for glory on Stage 19 of La Vuelta and once again at the end of the stage from Caso. Parque Natural de Redes to Gijón there was no change in the standings for the top 14 riders. Up front there was heartbreak for Ivan Garcia (Bahrain Merida) as he lost the sprint to Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) and Jarlinson Pantano (Trek Segafredo) which ended his hopes…

"Just one big day remaining"

Spanish surprise as Froome recovers

THE roller coaster ride around Spain continued on Thursday as the La Vuelta once again dished up a surprise or two with the top contenders losing and gaining time. Just a day after race-leader Chris Froome (Sky) looked vulnerable, losing time to his closest rivals, he bounced back on Thursday on the smallish climbs littering the second half of the 169km stage from Suances to Santo Toribio de Liébana and eventually added to his lead.…

"Spanish surprise as Froome recovers"

Nibali claws back some time

JUST a day after Chris Froome looked to have put a foot on the top step of the final La Vuelta podium, Vincenzo Nibali kicked it off again in a brutal 180km stage from Villadiego to Los Machucos on Wednesday. On Tuesday Froome (Sky) seemed to have put to bed any talk that he would not win his second grand tour of the year, but just a day later the Tour de France winner was…

"Nibali claws back some time"

Fortress Froome hold firm

CHRIS Froome took another massive step toward claiming the 2017 La Vuelta title when he was a convincing winner of the 40km time trial Stage 16 from Circuito de Navarra to Logroño on Tuesday. By beating Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) by a big 29 seconds, and taking an emphatic 57 seconds out of third-placed Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), Froome (Sky) has increased his lead to an emphatic one minute 58 seconds over Nibali. The final kilometre…

"Fortress Froome hold firm"

Lopez throws his helmet into the ring

Chris Froome extended his lead in La Vuelta to back over a minute as he grabbed a few more seconds back on Vincenzo Nibali, but the man he could be most worried about for the third and final week may just be Stage 15 winner Miguel Angle Lopez. The Colombian leader of the young riders’ competition was a 36-second winner of the 125km Stage 14 from Alcalá la Real to Sierra Nevada. The final kilometre…

"Lopez throws his helmet into the ring"

Majka finally gets his glory

On Stage 14 of the La Vuelta on Saturday, Rafal Majka finally added a highlight to his tough season, while the top ten on GC shuffled around but there was no real change for the top two. Majka rode away from his breakaway companions on the tough final climb up to the mountain-top finish on the Sierra de la Pandera which in some ways rescued a difficult season for the Bora Hansgrohe rider. He crashed…

"Majka finally gets his glory"