Tuesday 21 May 2019

Day 17: Paul Kimmage believes Team Sky and Froome better walk the walk

Team Sky and yellow jersey holder Chris Froome have vociferously denied doping accusations and Paul Kimmage believes that if they are going to talk the talk, they better walk the walk.

In his latest video diary from the 100th edition of the Tour de France, Paul Kimmage has challenged the leading team in world cycling to be more transparent in their fight against performance-enhancing drugs.

“In 2008 a new team was formed called Slipstream Sports, now Garmin-Sharp. When they were founded they were making noises no one had ever heard before: ‘We’re clean, We’re clean’.

“So I put it to them, if you’re clean  then you won’t mind having a journalist with you for the duration of the Tour de France and they said no problem and I spent three weeks with them and we got on pretty well.

“In 2010, there was another team founded in 2010 and like Garmin-Sharp they were making all the noises that people want to hear: ‘We’ll show you can win the Tour de France clean.

“So like Garmin-Sharp, I made them an offer they could refuse. Will you take a journalist with you for the duration of the Tour de France?

“They said it was fine and it was fine up until the eve of the race when Sky changed their mind.

“That was three years ago and in that three years Sky have won the Tour and are poised to do it again. If you are going to cry wolf, there better be a wolf. If you are going to be transparent, you better be transparent.”

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