London, Nov 7, 2015 (AFP) – Britain’s Tour de France champion Chris Froome
has said data from physiological tests that he underwent earlier this year
will be published on December 3 by men’s magazine Esquire UK.
Froome made the announcement via Twitter on Saturday after studying the
proposed courses for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio.
“As promised, I will be making the results and analysis of the independent
testing I did after #TDF2015 available to the public,” said Froome on Twitter.
He said sports scientists had completed analysis of tests done when he was
a member of the International Cycling Union-funded World Cycling Centre in
2007 and those done at the GSK Human Performance Lab in August.
The Cycling News website said Froome’s announcement followed a “contentious
Twitter exchange” between his wife, Michele, and journalists Matt Slater and
Paul Kimmage regarding a delay in the data’s release.
Froome and Team Sky, for whom he rides, were both criticised during this
year’s Tour de France when data which appeared to show Froome’s power,
cadence, and heart-rate values from his stage-winning ride on Mont Ventoux in
the 2013 Tour was posted online and later made into a video.
The video showed Froome’s values fluctuating in real time and this led the
likes of French performance expert Pierre Sallet and former professional
Laurent Jalabert to question Froome’s performances.
It was posted before Froome pulled clear of his main rivals on the first
mountain finish to Pierre-Saint Martin in the Pyrenees, setting up his second
After the video’s release, Froome suffered abuse during the race, when a
cup of urine was allegedly thrown at him during a stage. On the second rest
day in Gap, Team Sky revealed a series of numbers concerning Froome’s
physiological performances, especially on the Pierre-Saint Martin climb.
The fact former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong eventually admitted
to doping throughout his career in 2013, after years of denials and ruthless
attacks on his accusers, has cast a long shadow over cycling.
In October, while riding in Japan’s Criterium de Saitama, the 30-year-old
Froome said the doping suspicions hanging over him were “unfortunate” and
“It’s unfortunate that’s what the yellow jersey wearer of the Tour de
France has to put up with,” Froome said.
“If I had something to hide or I had some elaborate scheme going on then it
would really bother me, it would be my whole world crashing down,” he added.
“But I don’t have any skeletons in the closet, I don’t have anything to
genuinely be afraid of. Yes, it’s frustrating but you just have to get on with
the racing and get through it.”
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