Doping suspicions surrounding Tour de France leader Chris Froome have reached such a frenzy that he says a spectator threw a cup of urine at him on Saturday’s 14th stage.
The British Team Sky rider, who has always insisted that he is 100 percent clean, hit out at his critics afterwards, saying:
“That’s unacceptable on so many different levels. We’re professionals. I would not blame the public for this. It really is a minority of the people out there, but I would blame some of the reporting on the race that has been very irresponsible.”
It comes after fellow Team Sky rider Richie Porte says he was punched. Team Sky also
believes its computers have been hacked.
Adding to the pressure, disgraced Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his
seven Tour de France titles because of systematic doping, sent an enigmatic Tweet, saying:
“Clearly Froome/Porte/Sky are very strong. Too strong to be clean? Don’t ask me, I have no clue.”
1. Clearly Froome/Porte/Sky are very strong. Too strong to be clean? Don't ask me, I have no clue.— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) 14 Juillet 2015
Froome has already won the the world’s greatest bike race, back in 2013.
He looks set to repeat that success next Sunday on the Champs Elysees, although convincing his critics that he is clean could be an even tougher challenge.