Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome of Britain waves while training in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain, Thursday Dec. 14, 2017.(AP Photo/Joan Llado)
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Chris Froome's renewed protestations of innocence Thursday were accompanied by doubts about why the four-time Tour de France champion was not immediately suspended for failing a doping test.Froome has been ordered to explain to the International Cycling Union why a urine sample he provided at the Spanish Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol that was twice the permitted level.Froome offered a defense of his integrity in an interview with Sky, the broadcaster that owns his cycling team.Sky and the UCI confirmed Froome's failed test early Wednesday in response to media reports.Sky said Froome had to take an increased dosage of salbutamol without exceeding the permissible dose after experiencing "acute asthma symptoms" during the final week of the Vuelta.
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