Chris Froome Must Get Used To Answering Doping Questions, Says Holm

Chris Froome of Team Sky and other professional cycling stars must get used to batting away questions about doping as past controversies mean cycling deserves to be treated with suspicion, Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Danish sporting director Brian Holm said.

On the Tour de France’s first rest day, Holm said people keep bringing it up because we deserve it, so you cannot be angry about being asked the question. He added that we have got a strong tradition for doping in cycling and we’ve been lying for so many years. The Danish sporting director, who himself admitted to doping while riding during the 1990s, made these comments after many doubted the extraordinary performance on Chris Froome and Team Sky at stage 8 in which the Team Sky rider produced the third-fastest time ever in the climb to the finish at Ax 3 Domaines in the Pyrénées.

Meanwhile, president of cycling’s global governing body said he thinks the riders deserve another thing than to be asked about doping as the first question when they show up in the press conference. Pat McQuaid remarked the first questions the riders had to answer were about doping and he thinks it is unfortunate. He added that the media have to understand the riders of today don’t deserve to be judged on the mistakes of their predecessors, of the riders of a generation of the past now and riders of today need to be respected for what they are trying to do, which is to race clean and race without a doping program.

Holm disagreed to the statements made by the UCI president and said if you ask me straight, I wouldn’t lie. He said he believes Froome is clean and he really thinks so, and he thinks Bradley Wiggins was clean when he won last year. Holm went on to add that if it’s not true it would break his heart and he can understand Chris Froome being a little annoyed at being asked the question, but we need to be open-minded and try not to let it get to us when these things happen.

Froome came to the 100th edition as the man to beat after he finished runner-up to teammate Bradley Wiggins last year in a dominant campaign by Team Sky. The rider said while replying to questions on doping that he is racing “100 percent” clean at the world’s biggest and most notorious bike race. He also remarked today’s peloton is racing far cleaner than those of five to 10 years ago and went on to say any of the results now are definitely a lot more credible and the question should be asked about people who were winning races maybe five, 10 years ago, when we know doping was a lot more prevalent. The Team sky rider also said it’s the unfortunate position we find ourselves in at the moment and added eyebrows are going to be raised, questions are going to be raised about our performances. The rider also remarked that he knows the sport has changed and there is absolutely no way that he would be able to get these results if it hadn’t changed.

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