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Keith Richards

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06/10/2014 03:19 PM
LE TEIL, France (VN) — Chris Froome (Sky) hit back Tuesday after Twitter erupted overnight with messages indicating that the Tour de France champion might be using an asthma inhaler without a therapeutic use exemption, or TUE.

“It’s completely allowed, you don’t need a TUE for it,” Froome said. “It’s a bit of a surprise everyone is talking about it now.”

Overnight on Twitter, users posted messages and images of Froome puffing on an inhaler during Monday’s second stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. TV cameras filmed him putting an inhaler in his mouth with 19 kilometers to race, shortly before the start of the Col du Béal climb. He dueled with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) on the climb, won the fight, and maintained his yellow jersey.

Froome’s girlfriend, Michelle Cound, responded to some messages on Twitter and explained that he has used it since he was a boy.

“No TUE required,” she wrote. “He has asthma, hence the coughing after exertion #duh #trolls.”

Sky confirmed that he has been using the inhaler since he was a teenager and that sometimes in races he administers Salbutamol.


Read more at http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/06/news/froome-says-uci-allows-him-to-use-inhaler-to-treat-his-asthma_331334#Rv8xdfV2mVdSmVHq.99

I have always had a problem with the "exercise induced asthma" thing. But taking a hit mid event before the last climb of the day? That is weak.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Orange Crush

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06/10/2014 03:30 PM
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Keith Richards

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06/10/2014 04:06 PM
I am sorry, that should not be allowed.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Cosmic Kid

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06/10/2014 04:11 PM
AS someone who suffers from EIA, I can tell you it is no joke. I had one attack that had me on the side fo the road, feeling like I was about to pass out. Even though it mainly affects me in the cold, I still take a hit on my "bong" before races or hard workouts all year.

That said, I don't understand taking a hit at the end of the ride. During such a long race, your body should have already triggered an attack (if it was going to have one). RIshi Grewal used to do pre-race rides specifically designed to trigger an attack. Then his body would react, recover and he would be good to go.

Now....with THAT said, if Froome doesn't have EIA, then an inhaler doesn't really help him. Lots of studies out there that say inhalers don't enlarge your breathing passages beyond normal....they just prevent them from getting inflamed (and thus limiting oxygen intake).
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Pin0Q0

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06/10/2014 04:50 PM
Unfortunately for Froome haters, WADA took that off the list back in 2012 because there was absolutely no evidance that the drug enhanced anything.
jmdirt

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06/10/2014 05:26 PM
Yep, what Cosmic and Pin said, it won't hep him unless he has an issue.

The arguments could go wild from there though. Sport is about the strongest person. If you have breathing issues, you aren't the strongest person (you were genetically screwed).
Cosmic Kid

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06/10/2014 05:48 PM
jm raises an interesting point, and honestly one I don't have an answer to.

I get the "you race what God gave you" POV....and if someone does not have EIA, then they have a "natural" advantage.

Conversely, you aren't getting an advantage outside of what your body was capable of w/o EIA....which is a medical condition. We make plenty of exceptions for medical conditions re: drugs that can be taken in competition.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Keith Richards

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06/10/2014 05:50 PM
Posted By Justin jmdirt on 06/10/2014 05:26 PM
Yep, what Cosmic and Pin said, it won't hep him unless he has an issue.

The arguments could go wild from there though. Sport is about the strongest person. If you have breathing issues, you aren't the strongest person (you were genetically screwed).


This is how I have always felt. If genetically you cannot get it done because of your breathing...well sorry, elite level sports are just not for you.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
ChinookPass

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06/10/2014 06:56 PM
When is it EIA and when is it "racer cough"?
jmdirt

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06/10/2014 08:04 PM
Ok, I'll stretch it even more: My hematocrit is in the low 40s so I should be able to take something get it up to what I am capable of without low hematocrit syndrome. I have low T, can I use a patch to be at the same level as my competitors?

I'm with Cosmic in that I don't claim to have the answer, but my gut feeling is what I stated above that if you need any medication you are not fit to compete (EDIT: at the top/pro level). Sorry ma nature screwed you.

With that said, I know that there are many athletes in all sports who take legally prescribed, legally accepted (by some governing body) medication. Froome using an inhaler is not outside the norm, but his timing seems odd.
Keith Richards

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06/10/2014 08:07 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 06/10/2014 05:48 PM
jm raises an interesting point, and honestly one I don't have an answer to.

I get the "you race what God gave you" POV....and if someone does not have EIA, then they have a "natural" advantage.

Conversely, you aren't getting an advantage outside of what your body was capable of w/o EIA....which is a medical condition. We make plenty of exceptions for medical conditions re: drugs that can be taken in competition.


I disagree with this rationale. A person without EIA does not have a "natural" advantage, they have normal respiratory function. A person with EIA, unfortunately for them, does not. I don't like the argument of using the norm and turning into an advantage that needs to/can be "evened out" via drugs. That is weak. You have reached the limit of YOUR body. It is what it is, accept it.

EDITED to add...Word jm.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
stronz

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06/10/2014 09:49 PM
Berto should take an inhaler out of his jersey and take a hit off it at the base of the last climb at the dauphine this week right in front of Froome just to eff with his head
Ride On

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06/10/2014 10:15 PM
What is your definition of a drug?

Suppose I am born with low bone density and I take in extra calcium thru my choice of food intake. Is that in some way cheating the definition of you were born with weak bones so deal with it if you want to compete.

It is a very fine line what is and what isn't a drug.
Oldfart

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06/10/2014 10:16 PM
Yeah I'm 5'5" and it's not fare that I can't play basketball or hockey because I'm too small. That said, if all the inhaler does is make him "normal" then maybe that isn't such a big deal. My wife has asthma and has a puffer. She'll take a puff before exercise. Helped her bike race.
Master50

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06/10/2014 10:18 PM
I take an inhaler for allergies but i cannot take a dose just before a ride because it actually does not help and often makes breathing harder. Typical reaction is I am breathing like I am at my max but the Heart monitor clearly says I am not working hard enough. I really need to plan the drugs, but the best I get is how I feel uncongested. My allergies were the worst 20 years ago when I was racing. Only ever did well in the spring and later summer. May to July were shot. Symbicort was my saviour and this is the first year I am not taking it out of the last 10 or so. I am riding very well naturally right now. Just need to increase the distance for endurance.
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