Sky Sports Update: Froome Doping Allegation
Sky Sports Update
British cyclist Chris Froome, who is currently racing for team Sky in the 100th
Tour de France, yesterday won the 15th
stage of the tour. However is already receiving allegations of doping from the press.
rider Chris Froome took at huge victory on the Tour de France. He beat Columbian rider Nairo Quintana to the finish line in an outstanding finish. Froome blitzed Quintana in the last 4.4 miles on the stage to reach the top of Mont Ventoux known as the ‘Beast of Provence’ to extend his lead to 4 minutes 14 seconds over second place Bauke Mollema to give the Sky rider a comfortable lead.
Froome’s performance gave the Sky rider his 3 stage win of the Tour. He blew away two time winner Alberto Contador whose distance increased from 2 minutes 48 behind Chris Froome to 4 minutes 25 and 11 seconds behind second place Bauke Mollema as he was unable to keep the pace.
However the Sky rider’s emphatic victory is now being plagued by the press on the rider’s rest day. In a sport with a past of doping problems the most famous and recent being Lance Armstrong having his 7 tour titles removed, it is only natural that there is suspicion about any great win for any rider. It was less than 24 hours after Froome’s fantastic win, when win a press conference he was compared to Lance Armstrong.
The Sky rider was talking at the Sky team press conference where he was confronted. Froome quickly rejected the comments by saying
‘Lance cheated, I'm not cheating’
Froome continued to display his distaste by describing the events as ‘not cool’. Froome and his Sky team had ‘slept on volcanoes’ and spent ‘months’ away from home training for this race, and once he had achieved the ‘biggest victory’ of his career he was to be called a ‘cheat and a liar’. Which Froome said he feels is ‘sad’. The Sky rider also said that he can only be ‘open’ and that it has been a ‘long battle’ to get to where he is now.
Sky team chief Dave Brailsford feels that releasing Froome’s power data as suggested by some critics in the audience still would not convince Froome’s doubters of his abilities. ‘releasing that data will provide the proof. I’m not sure’
Stage 16 of the Tour de France starts on Tuesday the 16th
of July. It will take the riders over a hilly terrain, starting in Vaison-La-Romaine to a downhill finish in Gap. If you have any more questions contact sky here
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