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Chris Froome could lose Vuelta title after abnormal drugs test result

• Froome found to have an excessive level of an asthma drug at Vuelta
• Team Sky’s top rider says it was for medical use and within permitted doses

Britain’s most successful road cyclist Chris Froome is fighting for his reputation after returning an adverse analytical finding following a drugs test during his victory in the Vuelta in September, a joint investigation by the Guardian and Le Monde can reveal.

Froome, who also won his fourth Tour de France in July, was found to have exceeded the permitted levels of the asthma drug salbutamol on a test taken on September 20. Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, riders are allowed a level of 1,000 nanograms per millilitre. However the 32-year-old was found to have twice that in a urine sample taken during the Tour of Spain.

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