Thursday 29 September 2016

Paul Kimmage: There is a cloud over Team Sky and it's of Chris Froome's making

Published 25/07/2015 | 15:15

Paul Kimmage
Paul Kimmage

The Tour de France draws to a close on the Champs-Élysées tomorrow but while Chris Froome will likely be celebrating on the Parisian boulevard, most neutral observers still have a great deal of scepticism about what they are witnessing.

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Paul Kimmage has been vocal about his desire for Team Sky to be transparent regarding Froome’s performance and he once again questioned the English team’s willingness to prove their honesty on UTV last night.

Speaking to Ger Gilroy, Kimmage was blunt regarding this year’s Tour.

“There is a cloud over Team Sky and to a lesser degree, it is of Chris Froome’s making,” Kimmage said.

Many sport scientists have been lobbying for Team Sky to release data outlining Froome’s power output because his performance is reminiscent of Lance Armstrong in his prime. Team Sky provided some figures last week, but Kimmage was unhappy that they didn’t comprehensively contextualise the numbers for people.

“That was a shambles,” Kimmage said in reference to the press conference.

“It was a stunt. It wasn’t what they needed to do at that stage.”

Kimmage said that when Team Sky was initially founded in 2010, he was very supportive because they maintained that they would go above and beyond the normal protocol to prove that their riders were clean. However, after initially claiming that they would never employ anyone who had doping in their past, Kimmage was angry to realise they hadn’t kept their promise, since they hired some ‘dodgy doctors’.

“Within six months of being founded they were already reneging on some of the principles they were built on,” he said.

When asked at the end of the interview how much faith he has in the sport currently, Kimmage said it is lessening ‘year by year’ before once again imploring Team Sky to help fans believe in their star cyclist.

“They don’t have to do very much to help Chris Froome and to help us believe in him.”

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