In a sport where drug taking has been the norm for the last couple of decades and maybe even more, it doesn't really come as a surprise that a team and their lead rider is coming under scrutiny for actually being clean.
In this year's Tour De France, Chris Froome and Team Sky are in complete control. To such an extent that they are being questioned on a daily basis by the French media specifically; who are convinced they must be on drugs of some sort.
Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford has asked cycling's governing body the UCI, to step in and help prove that his riders are clean. The publicity surrounding Team Sky and Chris Froome especially has got so bad now, that Froome had urine thrown at him during a recent stage of the tour.
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Leading French television and radio pundits Laurent Jalabert and Cedric Vasseur are among those responsible for causing the media frenzy. Jalabert tested positive for EPO in 2004 from a 1998 sample, and Vasseur was implicated in doping scandals but never convicted.
Also causing problems is a Dane called Michael Rasmussen who was ejected from the race in 2007 while leading the Tour because he lied to his team about taking drugs.
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As Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas commented, "Guys like Rasmussen know no other way. They are cheats and will always be cheats," the Team Sky rider said. "What is he even doing here? Why is he given a platform?"
Whatever they think on the continent, Team Sky will again prove they are the best cycling team around, and Chris Froome will become this year’s winner when the race reaches Paris next Sunday. They will follow up previous Tour wins for Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins.
There is absolutely no doubt that the problem is a very simple one. The French media are very jealous of a British teams success and they also cannot understand how a team can be so successful whilst being clean. Maybe they should actually follow our lead.
Instead of continually trying to cause problems for Team Sky, maybe the French papers such as L'Equipe, Le Figaro and Le Monde should question their own teams and riders as to why it is 30 years and rising since a Frenchman won their own Tour.
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