Monday 23 April 2018

'It is so depressing that I've disengaged with it' - Paul Kimmage laments the state of pro cycling

Team Sky’s Chris Froome
Team Sky’s Chris Froome
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Last weekend Chris Froome joined an elite group of cyclists to have won the Tour de France and Vuelta Espana in the same year - but Paul Kimmage wasn't overly taken with the Team Sky rider's latest achievement.

Froome's triumph in France this year was his fourth Tour de France win in five years, but former pro cyclist and Sunday Independent journalist Kimmage has revealed that he barely watched any of the recent race in Spain.

Team Sky has been under a lot of scrutiny this year over their medical practices and speaking to The Last Word on Today FM yesterday, Kimmage explained that he has little faith in the sport of cycling at present.

"To be honest, I'd say I watched about two minutes of it for the whole three weeks, which is really a terrible indictment of the sport and where it is at and the team he [Froome] rides for," Kimmage said.

"There is so much happening now in pro cycling that makes no sense at all and it is really, really depressing. It is actually so depressing that I have disengaged with it now. I just find it very difficult to watch and have any faith in it at all. I'm sorry if that isn't the right answer but I barely watched any of it."

The only Grand Tour Froome hasn't won is the Giro d'Italia, with Stephen Roche saying last week that it is 'humanly impossible' to win all three tours in one year. Only six cyclists - Jacques Anquetil, Alberto Contador, Felice Gimondi, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Vincenzo Nibali - have won the Tour de France, Vuelta Espana and Giro d'Italia during their career.

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