Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford has revealed that critics of Team Sky have hacked into the performance data of Tour de France leader Chris Froome.

Sir Dave Brailsford said he believes data has been stolen by team’s critics to discredit the performances of Froome and raise doping suggestions. The Team principal added we think someone has hacked into our training data and got Chris’ files, so we’ve got some legal guys on the case there. On Monday evening, a video that purportedly showed the ride of Froome on Mont Ventoux during the 2013 Tour with data on speed, heart rate, power, and cadence overlaid was removed from YouTube. Viewers of the video took to social media for interpreting the data and many suggested that there was evidence of doping. Froome had previously expressed his frustration ahead of the Tour of “clowns” trying to interpret power data.

Chris Froome was leading the 2015 Tour de France by 12 seconds on the first rest day in Pau. Froome recently produced a ride to conquer stage 10 of the Tour de France and increase his overall lead to nearly three minutes. Froome – who led by 12 seconds overnight – broke away with 6.4km left of the first summit finish of the 2015 Tour de France to win in La Pierre-Saint-Martin. BBC Sport’s Matt Slater remarked this was a devastating win for Froome and Team Sky, with Grand Tour champions and challengers scattered all over the road up to La Pierre-Saint-Martin. Slater added July 14 is when France celebrates the revolutionary storming of a notorious prison, the Bastille and today was the moment Chris Froome’s revolutions probably locked up the yellow jersey for a second time in three years. Slater went on to add that Froome’s critics are convinced he is cheating and they claim they have the data to prove it but his supporters, however, say those numbers only prove he is a special athlete who has got even better with hard work, careful eating and great coaching. He also remarked absolute agreement is probably impossible as ever with cycling.

Froome, winner of the 2013 Tour de France, and his team have always insisted that they compete cleanly. During his victorious ride in the 2013 Tour, the British professional road racing cyclist faced repeated doping accusations. It was because of this reason that Team Sky release climbing data of Froome dating back to 2011 to French sports newspaper L’Equipe after their expert concluded that performances of Chris Froome were possible without doping.

Froome, who is presently riding for UCI ProTeam Team Sky, turned professional at the age of 22 in 2007 with Team Konica Minolta. Brought up in Kenya and South Africa, Chris Froome joined the British-based team, Barloworld before he moved to Team Sky. The cyclist made his breakthrough as a contender for the Grand Tour during the 2011 Vuelta a España where he finished second overall. In 2014, he won the Tour of Oman and then the Tour de Romandie.

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