Major flaw in WADA's salbutamol regulations revealed by scientist who helped to create them

Current regulations based on tests on swimmers that didn't take dehydration into account

Chris Froome after stage seven of the Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

A major flaw in the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) regulations surrounding salbutamol has been revealed by a scientist who helped to come up with them.

Speaking to The Times on Wednesday, two days after an anti-doping investigation into Chris Froome was dropped after Froome's legal team demonstrated the likelihood of false positives under the current regulations, Professor Ken Fitch explained that the rules as they stand were based on studies of swimmers so do not take into account the dehydration of cyclists after a long race.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.