Froome states his physiological data from 2007 and 2015 will be released in early December

by Shane Stokes


Double Tour de France winner Chris Froome has confirmed that the release of his physiological data will take place next month, with the results of testing carried out after this year’s Tour to be made known.

The Briton’s wife Michele got into a tense exchange with journalists Paul Kimmage and Matt Slater on Friday evening after questions were raised by Kimmage about a delay in the publication of that data.

Perhaps prompted by that exchange, Froome stated on Twitter on Saturday that the information would be available soon.

When Team Sky was established in 2010 the team said that it would prove it was possible to win the Tour de France clean. It took the race in 2012 with Bradley Wiggins and in 2013 with Froome, but resisted calls to release data that would back up that promise.

Team Principal Dave Brailsford said during the latter Tour that Froome would do a VO2 Max test after the race and that the results would be released. However that did not ultimately take place.

Two years later his success in the 2015 Tour led to repeats of calls for transparency. Some climbing data was released during the Tour but was questioned by sport scientist Ross Tucker and others. They stated that Froome’s declared watts per kilo measurement while winning the tenth stage was lower than some of the riders he beat.

He responded by saying that he would carry out testing after the Tour. He duly went into the lab between the end of that race and the start of the Vuelta a España, being tested by sport scientists at the Glaxo Smith Kline Human Performance Lab in London.

Until now there had been no indication when the data would be published, but Froome’s update clarifies the situation.

The information will be in the public domain in under a month and he hopes that this will dispel questions about his performances.

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