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Monday 02, Dec 2013

  Chris Froome Welcomes Tougher Doping Penalties

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Chris Froome Welcomes Tougher Doping Penalties

Chris Froome has welcomed tougher doping penalties and said he has been personally hit hard by claims of cheating. The Tour de France 2013 champion said cycling was now a much cleaner sport than it was during the notorious Lance Armstrong era.

Speaking at the end of a private visit to Kenya, Froome said to reporters that it is great that the World Anti-Doping Agency plans to extend the ban from two to four years, and that cycling is being taken as leading the way in the fight in anti-doping. He added when first-time offenders are given a four-year ban, that’s quite serious for a sport when the window is very short. Chris Froome added you can only be a professional for 15 years and it is a harsh penalty and that’s what we need to see in cycling.

The Team Sky rider added that he has no sympathy for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong but hopes that the now-banned rider will be given a chance to testify at any future inquiry into doping in professional cycling. Froome said there is still so much that needs to be explained, needs to be elaborated on in order for everyone to be able to put this story to bed and, finally, move on from this and there is still a lot of good that can be done through what Armstrong has to say and he thinks it would eventually put an end to that story and allow the rest of us to carry on with our careers. The British rider added it would be really good for the sport to know exactly what was happening at those times so that we can learn and move on from that and he doesn’t think it’s good for the current situation of the sport to be lingering on what’s happened in the past. Froome also said that he would want to see him come forward and really tell it like it is and say exactly what happened so that we can put the story to bed and it happened more than a decade ago and we need to stop talking about it now.

In another development, a new book Inside Team Sky has claimed that Sir Bradley Wiggins snubbed Team Sky colleague Chris Froome after he won last year’s Tour de France by splitting his prize money with all his other teammates, excluding Froome. In his book, Sunday Times chief sports writer David Walsh said that Wiggins eventually paid Froome the money during the week of this year’s World Championships in Florence, and on the insistence of team principal, Sir Dave Brailsford. Froome was runner-up to Wiggins in the race that would have netted him €200,000, but the tradition of Tour de France dictates that overall winner shares his prize money with all the riders who help him win. Wiggins and Froome were struggling with tension in the second half of the 2012 Tour de France after Froome appeared to attack Wiggins, his team leader, on Stage 11 to La Toussuire-Les-Sybelles. This incident sparked a row on Twitter between Wiggins’ wife Cath, and Froome’s now fiancée, Michelle Cound.

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Monday 22, Jul 2013

  Chris Froome Wins Tour De France 2013

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Chris Froome Wins Tour De France 2013

Christopher Froome, the Kenyan-born British professional road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Team Sky, has won the Tour de France 2013. Froome became the hot favorite to bring home the honors after Bradley Wiggins pulled out of this year’s race through injury.

Froome vowed his victory wouldn’t be stripped for doping as were of Lance Armstrong and added that this is one yellow jersey that will stand the test of time. The rider said he has also believed in people who have turned out to be cheats and liars but assured everyone that he is not a cheat. Chris Froome had to ride through a barrage of doubt and skepticism, especially since his strength in the mountains and time trials reminded some cycling lovers of Armstrong and the way he and his team used to suffocate the race.

Froome hugged his Team Sky manager Chris Brailsford first and the pair were very close to tears. The rider toasted his Team Sky colleagues in an accompanying car and remarked it is difficult for him to put it into words and the race has been a fight every single day. The British rider who dominated rivals over three weeks on the road became the second British in succession to win the Tour after Bradley Wiggins in 2012. He dedicated his victory to his late mother, Jane, who died in 2008 and remarked he would probably be at home watching on TV without her encouragement to follow his dreams.

After this win, Froome remarked to win the 100th edition is an honor beyond any he had dreamed and the rider was soon joined by five-time winners Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Miguel Indurain on the podium. Olympic gold medalist Victoria Pendleton praised the efforts of Chris Froome, calling him an “absolutely phenomenal athlete”.

Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, and Joaquim Rodriguez — who were the 100th edition’s podium finisher — have never failed a drug test or been directly implicated in any of cycling doping scandals, a notable departure both from the Armstrong era.

Froome turned professional in 2007 at the age of 22 with Team Konica Minolta and moved to Team Sky in 2010. In October 2009, Froome represented England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in Delhi, coming fifth in the time trial. He made his breakthrough as a Grand Tour contender during the 2011 Vuelta a España where he finished second overall. At the 2012 Tour de France, Froome riding as a domestique for Bradley Wiggins, won stage seven that culminated on a steep uphill finish and finished second overall, behind only the win of Bradley Wiggins in the same race as the best British performance in the history of Tour de France. Froome also won the bronze medal in the time trial event at the Olympic Games and finished fourth in the Vuelta a España in 2012. The rider’s first stage race win came in 2013, in the Tour of Oman, followed by wins in the Criterium International, the Tour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné, and the Tour de France.

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