Tour de France leader hits back at the former rider after Jalabert said Froome's performance on stage 10 "made him uncomfortable"

Tour de France leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) has hit out at French TV pundit and former rider Laurent Jalabert on Twitter over claims he insinuated Froome was using performance-enhancing drugs.

Jalabert spoke to RTL radio after Froome’s victory to La Pierre-Saint-Martin on stage 10 of the Tour, saying that it was “surreal to see just how superior Froome is” and that his cadence was “so difficult to achieve that it leaves us speechless.” He also added that the large time gaps on that stage between Froome and his rivals “made me feel a bit uncomfortable.”

As noted in Sunday’s ITV report, Jalabert also used the phrase “on another planet” to describe the 2013 winner of the Tour, which stood out significantly as it was the headline used by French newspaper L’Equipe in 1999 to describe the performance of Lance Armstrong.

Froome had responded earlier this week to the comments of Jalabert and another former cyclist Cedric Vasseur by saying it was “quite rich coming from Jalabert and Vasseur to be commenting on my racing in such a way.”

Jalabert retroactively tested positive for EPO in 2004 from a 1998 sample, which was released after a French Senate Commission investigation into doping in 2013. The former ONCE rider acknowledged the positive test but maintained that he’d never deliberately taken banned substances.

ITV’s Matt Rendell confronted Jalabert at the Tour de France over both his comments on Froome and his own past, but the Frenchman refused to address the issues, saying there was “no problem” and denying he had said Froome’s performances were “verging on the ridiculous.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29u-H3xM5rE&feature=youtu.be

Froome clearly took exception to the 46-year-old’s denial that he’d made the comments, posting this message on Twitter on Sunday evening.

The Team Sky leader also posted a video from Youtube of the ITV confrontation of Jalabert, which was uploaded by a user named ‘Michelle F’.

Jalabert is unlikely to respond on Twitter however, having tweeted only once since 2013, while Froome also thanked ITV and Rendell “for highlighting the issues I’m facing.”

Froome has attempted to stay cool under heavy questioning during this Tour de France, as well as intrusion from spectators on the road side, claiming a French spectator threw a cup of urine at him on stage 14.

Teammate Richie Porte was also the victim of abuse from the members of the public on the roadside, with the Australian saying he was punched in the ribs on the road to La Pierre-Saint-Martin on Tuesday.

“It really is a minority of people out there — some have been very irresponsible,” Froome said of the situation on Saturday.

“Those individuals know who they are. And it’s individuals, all the others have been fantastic and supportive. What those fans are doing, is not acceptable.”

Chris Froome’s Tour de France bike

  • King Nakamura

    It’s exactly because they’re seasoned dopers that hey know. The signs are written large.

  • RobTM

    Ha!! Today they even arrived late. So the chinks I could see developing the last 2 days got exploited today. Thomas put in difficulties again on a climb and Froome in the cooler conditions lost some time to Quintana. Nibali attacked and was able to put a minute on the GC contenders, fairly quickly.
    So much for your reading of the race.. you have no idea MARK M!!

  • François Horn

    Ax 3 domaine: Froome faster in 2013 than Armstrong and ulrich in 2003
    Mont ventoux: Tour de France 2000 : Armstrong 49′
    Tour de France 2013 : Chris Froome 48’35”
    the Col de la Madone is one of the climbs that the Texan used to
    frequent in his preparation for the Tour de France. If he was able to
    set a good time up the Madone he
    “knew” he was going to win Le Tour, so it was a test, not exactly for training

  • Tom Wells

    Mont Ventoux – CF was 1 and a half minutes slower.
    Ax 3 Domaine – CF was genuinely close to Armstrong / Laiseka but still almost 30sec away.
    Both CF and RP beat Armstrong’s times up the Col De La Madone, but that was in training and for all we know they could have treated it like a mountain TT.

    It would be worth looking into other mountains / stages of the tour as all of the above don’t represent any indication of doping.

  • RobTM

    Errr no… I do. The point is, Froome & co, are not able to recover and go out front every day. They are looking tired.. it’s rather different from the “other planet” days. You’re ignoring what’s happening.. just look at where Porte is this year, compared to previous. What about all the sky riders in other teams and/or retired.. they ALL going to keep quiet are they? What is clear… facts don’t dissuade you and you made up your mind already

  • RedBaron9495

    Trust me, the British cheat in sport just as much as the Russians, Germans, Chinese or Americans…it’s just that British MSM would tone down the news on those caught cheating!

  • Mark M

    Uhh yeah, you have no idea what you’re watching. That much is clear.

  • RobTM

    The guy’s leading in the TdF, means getting interviewed lots and being asked for comment. Wiggins had the same everyday to, if Froome ignored the questions that would be seen as “suspicious”. Your argument is just through and through a straw man one. Listen to Quintana & Valverde.. they think Froome’s clean.

  • RobTM

    Well in the TdF I’m watching Froome & co have been 10mins behind the stage leaders. Thomas was dropped to and many of the top climbers, either have trouble descending or had bad days in the first week in wind and so on.

  • François Horn

    Ax 3 domaine, mont ventoux, col de la madone etc.

  • Bong Hits

    The probability that he’s using pharmaceuticals greatly outweighs that he isn’t. Not a big deal. We don’t live in the stone ages anymore.

  • Kaptain Fries

    yeah I agree, they should not invite any non french team so they can have it all, simple as like that, and bully each other

  • Kaptain Fries

    I agree. most of them on his era

  • Kaptain Fries

    Nibali is being watch, there team almost there license this because of the Dr. Ferrari

  • Roger

    Simple answer: Eric Vanderaerden and depends on your point of view.

  • Roger

    Dunno. You tell me. Nothing at all, perhaps? Anyway, Amstrong who? And why he relevant?

  • Tom Wells

    I’m still waiting to know which climbs Froome was faster than Armstrong…

  • François Horn

    what is “cheating”and what does it have to do with cycling ?

  • Mark M

    Simple question, name the last rider to control every single climb and not let a single major rider get even a couple seconds on him on every single climb, and never “pay” for the effort the next day… that wasn’t busted for doping.
    And is Thomas really the 6th best climber in the World, even AFTER doing all the domestique work up every mountain every day? There’s a reason the Team Sky doctor was banned for life from USADA.

  • Neilo

    What is obvious to people who have the intelligence to distinguish between verifiable fact and pure speculation is that Chris Froome is winning by over three minutes.

  • PaulSMG

    Now we are going to blame Jalabert for saying what is obvious for everyone appart from fundamentalist sky-fans?

  • reece46

    You’re trying to make a case to someone who needs the last three years explaining very slowly from the beginning. And even then would struggle to listen before talking.

  • Roger

    Who is “Armstrong” and what does he have to do with it?

  • Roger

    Yeah it’s funny thinking people should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. No doubt that principle doesn’t apply wherever you come from.

  • Tom Wells

    The French media don’t like the fact a brit is winning the TdF and I haven’t seen Chris Froome ‘highly strung’ so far. If anything he’s been calm and I don’t blame him at all for calling Jalabert out over his accusations.

    So far it’s all speculation. And if the power estimates are anything to go by I don’t think he’s doping anyway. People also forget that Quintana was only 1min behind him last week, which isn’t a lot considering the length of the climb.

  • Tom Wells

    What climbs is he faster than Armstrong exactly?

  • François Horn

    You’re right… exactly like “I’m strong” was

  • Jon

    I have every faith he’s not doped personally – he’s a genuine guy under attack from people with no evidence against him and a chip on their shoulder.

  • Jon

    Aha – it must be the bridge of insults, which lies between the bastion of the lazy internet ignoramus and the morass of belligerent sesquapedalia.

  • Gavin

    Can’t half tell where you’re from, but sure, label me a troll because you’re too ignorant to get a half intelligent point across. The bastion of the lazy internet ignoramus

  • Counter Chicken

    haha ignorant. Yeah he’s not doped…Just wait 10 years for Froome’s apologies.

  • John Doe

    Makes you wonder whats going on within team sky, their team doctor Geert Leinders was banned for life by USADA, i wouldnt be surprised if Froome and Wiggins have doped. They might be clean now but the effects of doping can last along time especially EPO. They can easily get away with using EPO and other designer steroids. Just remember the BALCO drama that happened, its been done before.

  • Jon

    Which bridge do you rest your case under anyway?

  • Jon

    Good for him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And it’s not funny watching the sport get dragged through the mud and and an outspoken opponent of doping attacked on the basis of zero evidence, because some people resent Sky’s corporate approach or have a anti-British chip on their shoulder. The only way you could laugh at this would be an evil ‘mwahahahahaaaa’.

  • Jon

    Froome has more of a climber’s build than Armstrong, technology and training have progressed a lot etc. so your observation doesn’t lead to the conclusion you are insinuating. Anyway you spelt cheetah wrong 🙂

  • François Horn

    Froome faster than Armstrong but not a cheater…

  • Gavin

    But nobody else has ever gone to the media defending himself so much.

  • Gavin

    Well I rest my case. It’d be facinorous of me to even bother arguing with you,

  • RobTM

    Actually Froome’s been pretty cool about questions, not appeared highly strung at all. Try having urine thrown in your face, see if you like it!
    The media jumps on stories… becuase they have pages and air time to fill, controversies make for dramatic stories, in short they’re just doing their job.

  • reece46

    I’m sure your brain is

  • Gavin

    Still waiting.

  • reece46

    Gavin- ‘The thing is, why is Chris Froome so highly strung when it comes to drug claims?’

  • reece46

    Ask Greg Henderson about Astana’s lawyers.

  • Gavin

    When you can tell me when I “blamed sky for not letting it slide like water off their back” I’ll reply to you.

  • Gary Jogela

    It’s good to read what you experts have to say

  • reece46

    Jalabert is now a proven bare faced liar, denying the comments he’d made live on air which whip simple fans into a frenzy just like they would at a football match. Although footballers don’t have to spend all day at arms length from any potential imbecile. Add this to the fact Jalabert’s used EPO. He’d just watched unfancied Brit Steve Cummins outsprint 2 squabbling countrymen before spouting more of his litigious BS that Sky show incredible latitude to, unlike any team before, and you still blame Sky and Froome for not accepting it like water of their back.

  • Gavin

    David Millar was sticking up for Froome on twitter!!!!!

  • Gavin

    Nibali has been hammered but yeah, apart from them it’s pretty quiet now.

  • Gavin

    And the reactions apart from this one????

  • David Rodgers

    Being accused of doping (or even hinting at the prospect) by a known cheat in Le Tour tends to get one a bit warm. I, for one, admire Froome’s reserve.

    If I were Jalabert, I’d shut up while I was ahead — or face defamation charges. The laws in France are pretty strict about that sort of thing.

  • Ambientereal

    I ask myself why are the others not strung by drug claims. Because at some moments Nairo and others where stronger than Froome. But no one accused them of doping.

  • RedBaron9495

    lol…the Brits always like to think they’re super clean!
    It’s funny watching British media hounding the accusers!

  • Gavin

    Sure he may have insinuated it, or, maybe not. The thing is, why is Chris Froome so highly strung when it comes to drug claims? And why does the media jump all over them?