‘Clean rider’ Froome wants respect

Tour de France leader Chris Froome wants more respect as he again stressed he is a “clean rider” after a dominant

10th stage win.

Team Sky claimed on Monday

their computers had been hacked

by critics convinced Froome is using performance-enhancing drugs.

Chris Froome on his way to winning stage 10 of the 2015 Tour de France

Froome broke clear with 6.4km of the 167km stage to go

Britain’s Froome, 30, said he “understood” why there are doubts because of the “history of the sport”.

Tuesday’s stunning ride increased his overall lead to nearly three minutes.

The Press Association reports that Froome plans to be independently tested between the Tour’s finish and the year’s third Grand Tour, the Vuelta a Espana, which begins on 22 August, to try and determine what makes him such an exceptional athlete.

“I do understand where the questions are coming from, the history of the sport and the people before me who have won the Tour,” said Froome.

“I am sympathetic, but at the same time there needs to be a certain level of respect also.”

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Froome has been subjected to sustained scrutiny since his

Tour win in 2013,

with some sceptics using power data to justify their case against him.

“It doesn’t make me angry,” added Froome. “It would be a different story if I had something to hide.

“I know I’ve worked extremely hard to be in this position.”

Froome said he has tried to be a spokesman for clean cycling, suggesting night-time testing and raising concerns to the sport’s governing bodies.

He said: “What else is a clean rider supposed to do?”

Froome added that critics on social media who try to interpret power data are “clowns”, adding that it means nothing without context.

Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford had said even before Froome’s 10th-stage win – the fifth stage victory of his career – he was braced for more questions over doping.

“It’s part of the game, isn’t it?” he added. “If he does well [on Tuesday], the rest of the Tour it’s: ‘How do you know he’s not doping?’

“The question of how to prove a negative is always going to be a difficult one.

“I used to worry about it a lot more, but I don’t any more. It’s part of the game. Just try to be honest, tell the truth, be open.”

The Team Sky rider is now well positioned to secure a second win after powering away from the field on the first major climb of this year’s race to open up a substantial lead at the

head of the standings.

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/33531194

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