What can Chris Froome do to try to avoid a ban?


In 2017, Chris Froome became the third man to win the Tour and Vuelta in the same season

Chris Froome is facing a long and complex process to clear his name and avoid a ban.

The burden of proof is on the four-time Tour de France champion to show how he produced the “adverse” urine test without taking more than the legal dose of asthma drug salbutamol.

We’ve read the paperwork, scanned the precedents and spoken to the experts – so you don’t have to.

What are Froome’s options? Voluntary suspension? Laboratory tests? Making use of a change to the rules?

This is where things get complicated, but bear with us – here’s how it might unfold.

Firstly, Froome’s response so far

Froome gave his urine sample on 7 September at the Vuelta a Espana – and his salbutamol was 2,000 nanograms per millilitre, double the allowed level. He was told of the findings on 20 September.

He said his asthma got worse