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Chris Froome unhappy with lack of drug testing

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Chris Froome is worried about the lack of drug testing ahead of the Tour de France as he prepares in Tenerife.

Froome, who won the Tour de France last year and was the runner up to Sir Bradley Wiggins the year before, admitted that he hasn't been tested for two weeks even though the Tour de France is just over a month away.

The 29 year old is disappointed with the lack of out of competition drug testing and believes it isn't just him who isn't being checked.

According to BBC Sport, Froome said: "Three major TDF contenders staying on Mount Teide and no out of competition tests for the past two weeks. Very disappointing.

"To clarify, I am one of those three and I think it's in all our best interests to be able to prove we are clean no matter where we train."

It isn't a surprise that Froome is disappointed as there has been so much controversy over the use of drugs in cycling over the past few years.

Froome is currently training in the Mount Teide part of Tenerife for the Criterium du Dauphine which starts in June.

His other tour rivals, Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali are also training in Tenerife and they are still yet to be tested either.

The 2013 Tour de France winner wishes more testing would be done so that when fellow riders have to justify winning performances they don't have to answer questions regarding anti-doping.

He added: "I've asked around with other teams just out of interest, because we've been up here before and not been tested.

"So, I just wanted to see if it was the same case for everyone, but none of them, from what I could gather, had been tested either.

"Alberto, Vincenzo, we're all up here with our respective teams and, at the end of the day, we're the ones that have to stand in front of the television cameras in July and justify performances.

"All three of us are GC (General Classification) contenders and the probability is that whoever is in the yellow jersey in July is going to have to answer questions. If we're not getting tested, that doesn't look good on any of us.

"It would be good to have more testing done here, especially this close to the Tour de France. I would have expected to see more testing and it's disappointing."

Contador was banned from racing for testing positive to clenbuterol but with limited anti-doping tests happening before major races it is no wonder that some cyclists may be tempted to take performance enhancing drugs.

Froome said: "I've been tested once and I've been up here maybe four or five times.

"In my opinion they're not helping by not doing controls at this part in the season. I think that if we're trying to show that the sport has changed it's difficult to do so if we're not being tested up here."

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