Tour leader happy after L'Equipe see power data
Chris Froome has been boosted after an independent study of his power data concluded that his fantastic results are consistent with dope-free riding.
Team Sky handed 'L'Equipe' the in-house details of 18 of Froome's climbs since he made his major breakthrough at the Vuelta a Espana in 2011, leaving the French newspaper's sports science expert, Fred Grappe, to conclude the results were consistent with doping-free cycling.
"I'm really happy to hear these findings, to hear their take on it, because it's backing us up to say these performances are very good, strong, clean sporting performances," said Froome.
Sky gave 'L'Equipe' their data and personal information, including the fact that Froome has been drug tested 19 times during this Tour and 48 times in total this season. The newspaper confirmed that no other team had done this before.
Grappe, who was the French Cycling Federation's scientific adviser from 1998 to 2008 and is a leading expert in biomechanics and physiology, concluded that the power data was "coherent" with the rider's profile and was also consistent with that of a drug-free rider.