During an awkward interview during last night’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, Kenyan born British cyclist Chris Froome insisted that he did not overuse his inhaler beyond prescribed limits.
Speaking from a training camp in Majorca, the four-time Tour de France winner responded to Clare Balding saying it ‘really is quite a horrible situation’.
“I’ve been a bike rider now for 10 years and I know how some people might look at our sport and that’s a responsibility that I take really seriously.
“I am an asthmatic and I have been since I was a child and I use a puffer to help me manage my asthma but I’ve never taken more puffs than I’m allowed.
“So this is really is quite a horrible situation if I’m honest and we’re working as hard as we can to try and get down to the bottom of this.” – Chris Froome
The result is not automatically classified as a positive test and the 32-year-old has not been suspended. However, he is required to provide a satisfactory explanation for the test results or face a ban and end up stripped of his Vuelta title.
Froome has denied any wrongdoing and said he is providing all the necessary information to the UCI. Speaking during the awards programme, he also said winning the Tour de France for a fifth year would be a ‘dream come true’.