'I refuse to be dependent on inhalers even though a lot of other riders use them'

Tim Wellens says that he will not use asthma medication despite being told about improved breathing

Tim Wellens in action at the 2016 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Belgian cyclist Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) says that he refuses to be dependent on inhalers, and is against the use asthma drugs by professional cyclists.

Wellens's comments come as Team Sky's Chris Froome is involved in an investigation with the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) after being found to have twice the permitted concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol in his urine in a test at the Vuelta a España.

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