Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, talked to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission to tell them his view of the state of cycling

Chris Froome has confirmed that he was one of the riders who talked to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC), whose report into doping in the sport is due next week.

The Team Sky rider waived his right to anonymity by telling the Daily Mail that he sat down with CIRC to give his perspective on the state of cycling at present.

And Froome insists the sport is cleaning up its act, with positive drugs tests simply proving the detection systems are working.

“I sat down with CIRC after the end of the season last year and spent a good few hours with them, just talking about the state of the sport and how, from a rider’s point of view, they can try to improve on things,” he said.

“I think the sport is definitely making a lot of headway in trying to improve its image and putting the past behind us.

“And one thing I take a lot of confidence from is the fact that these guys are getting caught. It means the testing is working, which is obviously what you want. It’s not comforting to know that you are racing against guys who are breaking the rules. But if they are getting caught then at least you know the system is working.”

Chris Froome  and Vincenzo Nibali at the 2013 Tirreno-Adriatico (Watson)

Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali at the 2013 Tirreno-Adriatico (Watson)

Froome will line up against Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana teammates for the first time since the UCI requested their licence to be withdrawn at the Tirreno-Adriatico next Wednesday.

But the 2013 Tour de France champion says he cannot be worried about whether other riders are doping when he races.

“You can’t be going to the start line looking at the guys next to you and wondering whether you’re racing against something who is turbo charged,” he added.

“You can’t do that because if you do you’ve probably lost the race before you’ve even started. It’s not even a factor in my mind on that start line.

“I’m just racing whoever is there and I’ve got to think we are all on an even playing field or it’s game over for me before the race has even started.”

  • Vance Harvey

    What a lot of crap!!

  • RobTM

    I’m sure many high profile dopers did get away with it..

  • RobTM

    Nonsense! It’s the mindset a competitor needs to have.. not Chris Froome’s job to catch dopers, he has to focus on his performance and be confident; that’ show you win.

  • John Westwell

    I would have thought that agreeing to speak to CIRC was a positive thing to do, rather than an attempt to cover up. It seems that some people here don’t agree. But I think that comparison with Lance Armstrong is far fetched – I don’t remember him volunteering to answer questions about anything until he went on the Oprah Winfrey show.

    The lesson from recent history is that just about every high-profile cyclist who has doped has been caught or ‘outed’ following the end of their career. I’m sure that will continue to be the case.

  • Simon Barrett

    One person’s words against another’s. Prove it.

  • hulkgogan

    “It’s not even a factor in my mind on that start line”

    – because I’m know I’m on same or better stuff than them.

    “I’m just racing whoever is there and I’ve got to think we are all on an even playing field”

    That’s Lancespeak.

    This is the language of a doper. Anyone who is truly clean doesn’t couch their words in such relativisms.

  • barry davies

    did he mention Dr Leindeers ???

  • David Chadderton

    And, of course, no one ever took Pot Belge?