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by Shane Stokes
July 29, 2015
Photography by Shane Stokes
Following on from a suggestion during the Tour de France that the team will increase its transparency after that race, Tour winner Chris Froome has told Sky Sports that this is likely to happen.
“I am actually probably looking into doing a bit more testing with the team now in terms of looking into things like lung capacity, in terms of VO2 max for example. Maybe that is something we will look at doing in this next period,” he said.
“I think we can certainly learn from it. We haven’t done any of that kind of testing on any of the riders, from what I know. I am sure we could learn from it.
“Of course there are a lot of people out there who would be interested to know those kind of figures. I have no issues with sharing that.”
Froome had a big jump in form in 2011 when he finished second overall in the Vuelta a España, and was regarded as the strongest man in the race. He went on to take second behind team-mate Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour de France, then won the 2013 and 2015 editions of the race.
That rapid rise, his climbing speeds and his team’s Tour dominance have prompted questions about the source of their power.
Froome accepted that the climate has been badly affected by the misdemeanour of others but insisted he had nothing to hide.
“It is no secret that cycling has been through a very dark period in the last decade. I think it was important to recognised that cycling has had a bad past, has had a bad history, but that the sport has changed,” he said.
“Of course questions need to be asked, that is normal, but it should no longer be met with the same kind of hostility that it has been in the past. A good performance should be recognised as a good performance.”
He has faced calls in the past for data such as VO2 Max to be released and now, two years after Sky suggested this would be imminent, it appears that it will finally be carried out.
He said that he would not be like previous Tour winners who damaged the race. “From my point of view, I am certainly not going to do any harm to the image of the yellow jersey. Obviously I know that but it is something that I really feel strongly about. Of course time will tell.”
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