Tour de France leader Chris Froome says spectator threw urine at him amid doping claims

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Tour de France leader Chris Froome says spectator threw urine at him amid doping claims

<p>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.</p> <p>The British Team Sky rider, who has always insisted that he is 100 percent clean, hit out at his critics afterwards, saying:</p> <p>“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.”</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chris Froome hit with urine as Tour de France fans get nasty | <a href="http://t.co/j02Ed98A8B">http://t.co/j02Ed98A8B</a> <a href="http://t.co/3sTRGSvple">pic.twitter.com/3sTRGSvple</a></p>— Cycling Weekly (@cyclingweekly) <a href="https://twitter.com/cyclingweekly/status/622500045057839104">18 Juillet 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>It comes after fellow Team Sky rider Richie Porte says he was punched. Team Sky also <br /> believes its computers have been hacked.</p> <p>Adding to the pressure, disgraced Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his <br /> seven Tour de France titles because of systematic doping, sent an enigmatic Tweet, saying:</p> <p>“Clearly Froome/Porte/Sky are very strong. Too strong to be clean? Don’t ask me, I have no clue.”</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">1. Clearly Froome/Porte/Sky are very strong. Too strong to be clean? Don't ask me, I have no clue.</p>— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) <a href="https://twitter.com/lancearmstrong/status/621001550450720768">14 Juillet 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Froome has already won the the world’s greatest bike race, back in 2013.</p> <p>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.</p>