UKAD stats reveal how difficult it could be for Chris Froome to avoid ban in salbutamol case

Every salbutamol AAF recorded in the last three years has resulted in a doping violation

An amateur racer has been banned for doping

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

As Chris Froome prepares for his next racing appearance of the season at Tirreno-Adriatico (March 7-13), a Freedom of Information request made by the Press Association to UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has underlined the difficulties the British rider faces in defending himself against a doping charge resulting from the elevated level of salbutamol recorded following a stage of last year’s Vuelta a España.

According to PA’s FOI request, UKAD dealt with 109 adverse analytical findings (AAFs) between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2017, of which 77 – a little more than 70 per cent – resulted in an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV).

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.