Tour de France runner-up, and potential winner Oscar Pereiro launched a counter-punch as his tormentors. Story here in Euro-Sport, Cycling. Below we have also cited the French anti-doping agency response. Interesting thought the conflict. If Pereiro does have a physician's prescription, they why did he either not fill out the paperwork, or why doesn't the anti-doping agency have records? In something as huge as the Tour de France, one would think that everyone pays attention to the rules. The anti-doping movement notes that huge numbers of participants in some sports claim TUEs for exercise-induced asthma. Clearly one should be a skeptic for this syndrome. The Nation promises to look into the TUEs further.
Pereiro says 'to combat allergies and when I have a cold'. Usually the inhalants are used for exercise-induced asthma. However, a serious viral illness, say a bronchitis or viral pneumonia, or mycoplasm pneumonia can induce spasm of the airways.
As for colds, taking an inhaler is nonsense. That's abuse. That's like taking D-bol when you feel tired in the morning. An occasional inhaler for allergies? Huh? The bronchodilators are indicated for asthma & exercise-induced asthma; allergies produce runny noses. These drugs open the airways, an obvious advantage for athletes. Asthma induced by allergens, may be a possible use of a bronchodilator; hope fully he takes other measures to reduce symptoms too.
That kind of alibi makes the Nation extremely skeptical of these TUEs. Gaming the system. Tt would be interesting to see if his allergies or colds act up more when he is in competition.
"It's been a massive misunderstanding and I hope those responsible for it apologize," the Spaniard told Radio Marca.
"It's true I took this product but it has been approved by the doctor and the UCI (International Cycling Union) and I am permitted to use it whenever I need to."
Pereiro said both the Tour organizers and UCI were aware that he had permission to take the product.
"Since March 2005 I've been allowed to use it to combat allergies and when I have a cold. The permit has been renewed each season," the Caisse d'Epargne rider said.
Tour de France organisers are waiting for the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) to review Oscar Pereiro's case after the Spaniard was reported to have failed drugs tests during last year's race.
French daily Le Monde's Web site (www.lemonde.fr) reported on Thursday that Pereiro, who finished second behind American Floyd Landis, twice tested positive for the banned substance salbutamol which is used for the treatment of asthma.
However, Le Monde added that the Caisse d'Epargne rider had an exemption from the sport's governing body, the International Cycling Federation (UCI), to use the substance.
AFLD president Pierre Bordry told L'Equipe on Thursday: "This rider tested positive twice. Once in Gap and another time in La Toussuire.
"Each time, he wrote on the test report that he had a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption). But I am asking him to provide us with the medical elements that justify him taking salbutamol."