Froome hits out at lack of drug tests

Tour de France champion Chris Froome is “disappointed” at not being drug tested at a training camp ahead of the three-week race, which starts on 5 July.

The Team Sky rider, 29, said he has not been subject to out-of-competition testing for the last two weeks.

“Three major TDF contenders staying on Mount Teide and no out of competition tests for the past two weeks. Very disappointing,” the Briton tweeted.

The UCI, cycling’s governing body, have responsibility for anti-doping tests.

Riders are obliged to provide the UCI with their whereabouts at all times to allow random anti-doping tests as part of the scheme which provides a biological passport.

Froome has been training with Sky team-mates in the Mount Teide area of Tenerife ahead of the Criterium du Dauphine in June and the Tour de France,

which starts in Yorkshire on 5, July.

Froome,

the 2013 winner of France’s annual race,

later followed up with a further tweet, which said: “To clarify, I am one of those three and I think it’s in all our best interests to be able to prove we are clean no matter where we train.”

Froome then expanded on his comments in an interview with

Cycling News, 

claiming that leading riders and potential Tour rivals Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) had also not been tested while on the island.

Contador

was banned for two years in 2012,

backdated to January 2011, and stripped of his 2010 Tour de France victory after testing positive for clenbuterol.

The Spaniard has maintained that the failed test was a result of eating contaminated meat.

“I’ve asked around with other teams just out of interest, because we’ve been up here before and not been tested,” Froome said.

“So, I just wanted to see if it was the same case for everyone, but none of them, from what I could gather, had been tested either.

“Alberto, Vincenzo, we’re all up here with our respective teams and, at the end of the day, we’re the ones that have to stand in front of the television cameras in July and justify performances.

“All three of us are GC (General Classification) contenders and the probability is that whoever is in the yellow jersey in July is going to have to answer questions. If we’re not getting tested, that doesn’t look good on any of us.

In my opinion, they’re not helping by not doing controls in this part of the season

Chris Froome

“It would be good to have more testing done here, especially this close to the Tour de France. I would have expected to see more testing and it’s disappointing.”

Froome has never failed a doping test but

repeatedly had to answer questions

about the subject on his way to winning the Tour de France for the first time last summer.

He claims he has only been tested once during his visits to Tenerife despite Sky and other pro teams regularly using the area for high-altitude training.

“I’ve been tested once and I’ve been up here maybe four or five times,” the Kenyan-born rider added.

“In my opinion they’re not helping by not doing controls at this part in the season. I think that if we’re trying to show that the sport has changed it’s difficult to do so if we’re not being tested up here.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/27616069

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