Chris Froome Supports 24-Hour Drug Testing

Is a key recommendation of CIRC

Froome has become the subject of doping allegations since he outpaced his competitors in Stage 10 of the Tour last Tuesday. (Wikimedia Commons)
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Tour de France 2013 champion Chris Froome expressed support on Thursday for the recommendation that cyclists be on call overnight for drug testing, the BBC reports. Currently, testers are not permitted to visit cyclists between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Expanding testing to the overnight hours was one of the key recommendations of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC), a panel tasked by cycling’s governing body to investigate doping in the sport, according to Cyclingnews. The CIRC report notes that cyclists may be able to microdose EPO at night and test clean by the morning.

Froome has never failed a doping test, though he recently came under fire for using an asthma inhaler with a doctor’s permission. Olympic gold medalist Nicole Cooke was quoted in the Guardian on Wednesday as saying that type of use is a “disturbing gray area.”

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