Chris Froome said overnight his inhaler use was "not something to be ashamed of" after his Sept 7 Vuelta a Espana urine test showed excess levels of Salbutamol, an asthma medication.
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15 Dec 2017 - 7:49 AM  UPDATED 15 Dec 2017 - 10:07 AM

Froome in a Tweet appearing to create awareness of asthma, said "it's sad seeing the misconceptions that are out there about athletes and salbutamol use."

It followed the news the 32-year-old was found to have twice the permitted levels of the asthma drug in a test after stage 18 of the Vuelta. 

The four-time Tour de France champion risks a ban from cycling and admits the news chinks his reputation, but  continues to insist he did not break any rules. 

"I certainly haven't broken any rules" says Froome in interview
Chris Froome has spoken publicly in an interview for the first time since the announcement yesterday (AEDT) that his urine test results showed over twice the legal limit of Salbutamol after Stage 18 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana.
Doping expert weighs in on Froome Salbutamol results
Chris Froome's positive test for excessive levels of the asthma drug Salbutamol at this year's Vuelta a Espana was unusual but dehydration or metabolism could have played a part, an anti-doping expert said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, German cyclist Tony Martin also shared his thoughts about the news:

While Martin's interpretations of the rules are not entirely correct - i.e. Froome's indiscretion is an adverse analytical finding of an allowed substance rather than a prohibited one, and as such does not require an immediate suspension - his anger reverberates throughout a sport exhausted by decades of its icons felled by murkiness or worse.