Team Sky leader accuses minority of fans of "ruining the race" as the atmosphere on the roadside continues to worsen

Sky’s Chris Froome says he had a cup of urine thrown on his face and was called a doper by a fan during the Tour de France’s 14th stage to Mende today.

“It was about 50 to 60 kilometres into the race. A small cup of urine was thrown at me,” he said. “That’s not acceptable. We are professional — for someone to come and to do that, that’s not on.”

>>> Team Sky raise the alarm as Tour de France fans turn violent

Froome said that he and his team-mates saw the man do it and yell “doper” at the same time.

Englishman Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) won the 178.5-kilometre stage 14 from Rodez to Mende. Froome protected his yellow jersey lead against an attack from Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on the three-kilometre finishing climb.

Fans lined the roads in southwest France for the ‘transitional stage’ to the Tour’s popular stop in Mende, and Froome applauded the majority of them who turned out to watch the bike race.

Steven Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) takes the win after a pulsating stage 14 of the Tour de France (Watson)

Steven Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) takes the win after a pulsating stage 14 of the Tour de France (Watson)

“It really is a minority of people out there — some have been very irresponsible. 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,” he explained.

“I want to thank the thousands of supporters we had out there — I want to thank them all. Unfortunately, it’s a few individuals who are ruining the race.”

Mark Cavendish was splashed with urine during the time trial in the 2013 Tour de France near Mont Saint-Michel.

Sky, however, are feeling the brunt of “a minority” of fans. Fans have booed, thrown Coca-Cola cans and at times, punched. Richie Porte was hit in the ribs during the stage to La Pierre-Saint-Martin on Tuesday.

“When people start hitting riders and things, that’s when it’s different,” Sky’s Geraint Thomas said.

“You wouldn’t see that in Wimbledon. This is the biggest bike race in the world, the pinnacle of the sport, and for guys to be spat at and people texting Froomey to saying they are going to throw wee on him and hit him with a stick and all of this type of crap. That’s not good.”

French police have upped security around Sky’s bus at the start and finish of the stages in the last two days. It is unknown if it is because of hostility from fans or purely because Froome has the race lead.

“I’m not scared about this. I just hope it doesn’t interfere with the racing. That’s why we’re all here. We’re all here to race our bikes,” Froome added.

“I’m staying extremely focused on my job that I’m here to do. I’m not going to let anything put me off.”

 

  • Actually, I once met Yates at a time trial in Kent. Nice Guy, helped a lot of kids and was accessible to all. Not a prima donna. If he wanted to take drugs, drink beer or whatever, that’s up to him. It’s all in the past. I look to the future where happily, the sport has shed all those bad days and any guys doing stuff now get caught quite easily as we have seen. At least I hope they are. Hopefully too, the sport has learned it’s lesson and we’ll continue to see the rise and rise of decent riders who now have an even playing field on which to strut their stuff.

  • I would like to invite you over to Chiang Mai to ride with our group. Great ride this morning on my all-carbon Dimar-Lloyd (Campag record 11sp); Sunday runs are shorter as we do our longer rides on Tuesdays/Saturdays and Thursdays, but 70km at an average of 32.7 wasn’t too bad. Five of us today: 1 Aust, 2 USA, 1 Holland and me, the Brit. Tomorrow I lead a velodrome session. My track team has been supported by Planet X and so I happily ride their carbon track bike during those sessions. I’ll be coaching my 5 riders, one of whom has just won the Bangkok criterium. You are quite welcome to stay with us: my home is on AirBnB. Take care. It’s been fun. May be able to teach you a thing or two about humility.

  • Timlewis

    Mr Franklin if all you can comment on is my spelling then I don’t think it’s worth your pathetic little effort to reply is it!! Let me guess Mr Franklin you’re one of these old men who ride 500 km every week averaging no more than 12 mph riding a bike that’s probably 30 + years old stuck in your narrow small minded ways refusing to say hello to anybody on a bike that’s remotely better than yours wearing a pair of 1960s woollen shorts !!!

  • “…or perhaps your just a …….” I think you mean “you’re”. ie. ‘you are’. “your” has a different meaning altogether. If you want to insult people try and spell correctly Mrs Lewis. Meanwhile, yes Tyler’s book is in my collection and it was read whilst you were changing your nappies.

  • Timlewis

    Remember the 2005 tour Mr Franklin .. 9 riders helping Armstrong win his 7th doped up tour .. 9 riders all doping .. Guess who was part of the managerial team Mr Franklin .. Yes that’s right your good friend Sean yates.. And There you have it !! Do you and your idiotic way of thinking think Sean Yates DIDNT KNOW this was going on.

  • Timlewis

    You also state you have 600 volumes of cycling in French and English .. How interesting that must be !! Why don’t you add Tyler Hamiltons book to your boring collection Mr Franklin .. Oh sorry you would want to read the REAL truth would you .. Mind you it might open your narrow eyes just a bit more than you could manage ..

  • My library of cycling books now contains more than 600 volumes in English and in French which I have read. I also have most Cycling Weekly magazines since 1923. I don’t need lectures from you Mrs Lewis because I know this sport backwards, I’ve worked as a cycling journalist, I’ve lived and raced overseas. Indeed Madame Lewis, cyclists doped well before the first Tour de France. You may care to read the history of the early track races. I must add that your posts defy any rational logic. I have explained to you exactly why I take the view that I do, but you still continue to attack and attack as if this is the most important moment in your dull life and in doing so make your self look like an obsessed little nick pock.

  • Timlewis

    I think Mr Frankin your careful thinking is more arrogant thinking .. You brain doesn’t seem to want to believe dopers and liars like Yates did no wrong yet you state yourself you knew cyclist who were taking dope. Even the great eddy Merckx got caught out 3 times during his career .. Yet somebody like Sean Yates you refuse to believe took any products whatsoever .. Perhaps your a total hypocrite as well as narrow minded .. Ps .. Have you purchased a copy of Tyler Hamiltons book yet.. Oh sorry you would want to read the truth would you ..

  • Timlewis

    Mr Franklin .. Well done .. Cyclists have been doping since the first Tour de France.. Please don’t think in over 100 years of doping practices that Sean Yates didn’t participate in any form or means of doping himself!! You really are a very narrow minded individual who just can’t admit that this .. Please let me know what you think of Tyler Hamiltons book if you ever let your narrow mindedness let you believe the state of cycling in the 90s .. Or perhaps his book was all made up along with all confessions of armstrongs ex team mates.

  • Timlewis

    A degree of careful thinking .. So what about the FACT Sean Yates tested positive ? What’s your answer to that Mr Franklin .. Please enlighten me with your answer.. By the way let me know about what you think of Tyler Hamiltons book.. Although being so blind and narrow minded you won’t enjoy reading the truth about doper Yates !!

  • I have never said that I don’t believe anything Mrs Lewis. Indeed my posts are balanced and reflect a degree of careful thinking that I have not yet seen in your posts.

  • Mrs Lewis: What do you mean by “WAS involved in doping involvement and testing positive”? That sounds like very convoluted English to me! Never mind. Wikipedia: “in 1989, Yates tested positive for anabolic steroids in a doping test in the first stage of Torhout-Werchter.[4] However, his ‘B’ sample did not confirm the ‘A’ sample[5] and Yates was subsequently cleared because it was accepted that a
    labelling error must have occurred and the tested sample was not his.[6]”

    I take this Wikipedia entry at face value as I have no other information to go on. Far from being narrow-minded I take a wider view as I have said many times in answer to your persistent and obsessive posts. As a person who has been involved in the sport for more years than you have been alive (that’s a guess) I know exactly what has happened to my fellow cyclists. Did you know that in the ’60s amphetamines were placed in bottles without the rider’s knowledge or permission? I could give you chapter and verse on that one. Indeed, as a cycling coach, I probably could tell you more interesting facts. For example: One of my female riders told me that her dad was making her take steroids. I dropped her immediately and reported the fact to the relevant authorities who took no action. So don’t start preaching to me you obsessed narrow unthinking person.

  • Timlewis

    The only poor deluded fool is you .. Perhaps you could be a spokesperson for a generation of dopers .. Now that would Suit you

  • Timlewis

    Silly conclusion you say.. It’s small minded individuals like you who are blind to anything you don’t want to believe .; please take a few days to read Tyler Hamiltonian book and get back to me regarding the doping allegations and people he names as individuals who doped.. Although this is probably to much for you to do and only then you’d say you don’t believe it!! Like I said small minded hey mr Franklin

  • Timlewis

    Mr Franklin you are blind to the FACTS that Sean Yates WAS involved in doping involvement and testing positive . Why oh why you don’t want to believe this makes you very narrow minded .. Perhaps you’re just being an ignorant person who for some unexplained reason refuses to believe what really happened in the 90s regarding doping!! Please do a little research yourself and it might open your eyes although you would never believe it any way.. its called the internet Mr Franklin USE IT it’s not difficult

  • I explained to you in plain English why I won’t answer yes or no to your loaded questions. Indeed, you come to yet another silly conclusion: “small minded” is not an epitaph most people who know me would use.

  • Timlewis

    So Mr Franklin have you come to your senses yet.. Small minded individuals like yourself just haven’t got a clue !! Please give me your answer regarding doper Sean Yates testing positive for doping and helping to supply and support armstrongs doping practices. Or perhaps you still think this is unintelligent nonsense !! Happy cycling !!

  • Timlewis

    Unintelligent nonsense.. So your saying you don’t believe Sean Yates tested positive for anabolic steroids ? Why don’t you do yourself a favour and just look yourself Mr Franklin . You can find a lot on the internet these days.. Or would that break your heart seeing the truth about doper Sean Yates !!

  • NitroFan

    I was under the impression Yates was under “suspicion” for using Testosterone in 1989 a case that was never actualy resolved?

    “Yates initially tested positive for testosterone after winning the 1989
    Torhout – Werchter Classic but additional samples showed negative and
    there were procedural errors in the testing process. Yates was not
    subject to any sanctions”

  • Dear me Paul, you are such a deluded fool. Now tell me, do you have anything better to think about? Why don’t you go out riding? You could join me, 580km last week.

  • Aaah! Tim! Backa again with your unintelligent nonsense. Go away!

  • Timlewis

    False accusations Mr Franklin .. Didn’t we have this conversation about that doper Sean Yates !!! I hope you read my other posts about doper Yates testing positive for anabolic steroids ..

  • Drake

    So you are black and you have a problem with white people? Is that what you are saying? Or are you saying something else? You seem to have a bit of a chip on your shoulder anyway.

  • Steve

    So you are saying he is not British? Which means his passport is invalid? Does the same apply to all British citizens who were born and/or have lived outside the UK? I am a bit confused by the skin colour / multiculturalism bit though. What has it got to do with anything?

  • Rufus_Cornpone

    That’s just sick…

  • wife of cyclist

    If Sky had been a better team instead of prima donna’s (check extra vehicles at the starting line), maybe the fans would enjoy the wins. I am watching from home and regularly root against Team Sky. Hey look at the crap Mtm Qhubeka has takenon European circuit. They came up with alternative without crying to media. Give it a rest already and act like champs instead of spoiled brats!

  • wife of cyclist

    That is part of the problem with Froome he says he is British not kenyan as if skin color is an indication. I am tempted to send him a link on mukti-culturalism. Dope

  • Neilo

    Given what has since been revealed about doping in the Rabo team, it’s probably better if Sky doesn’t try to emulate them, wouldn’t you agree? Anyway, as I said above, Rasmussen wasn’t sacked because of missed tests, so the story is irrelevant.

  • jbarker

    No It’s a judgement based on evidence. It’s your point of view which requires faith as its not based on evidence.

  • Neilo

    Yes. You are probably right. Calling people names is not very good, and I apologize for doing so. Having said that, you too should show more respect and not libel people you really know nothing about.

  • jbarker

    what criteria?

  • jbarker

    The question I asked was what have WADA said about your evidence? What is the reason they haven’t taken any action?

  • PaulSMG

    I am sure your respectful comments are much better.

  • TheVelvetUnderpants

    Actually Paul you are misrepresenting the facts of the matter. it is more a question of misdiagnosis of the condition for several months and years from 2009 by different doctors before the disease was able to get a significant foothold. The course of treatment using Praziquantel over 2 years from 2011 in such cases is not unusual. Symptoms are episodic rather than chronic which is consistent with Froome’s performances but don’t take my word for it Paul – look it up yourself. Having suffered from a parasitic disease myself (not Bilharzia) caused by a Tick it is something I can relate to and I was lucky to have a doctor who was familiar with my condition that meant I was over it within 6 months using Doxycyclene.
    At the end of the day you don’t have to believe these facts if you don’t want to Paul, and people reading these remarks are capable of making up their own mind, but please stop your misrepresentations to support a point of view that has no foundation aside from in your own mind and supposition.

  • PaulSMG

    the guy who did it is (most likely) mentally ill.

  • PaulSMG

    You are a crime, against intelligence!

  • PaulSMG

    I don’t see any other possible way to post comments, but if you find out how to post comments without Internet connection please let me know it will save me some money.

  • PaulSMG

    He lied to miss 2 tests,

    Froome, on the other hand, told us an amazing story about his holidays and a hotel not informing a client about someone (with official id and credentials) asking for him.

    Clearly sky team does not use the same criteria.

  • Neilo

    You don’t have to believe anything, you pathetic, selfish fool. Just don’t go spreading your delusional nonsense on a public forum. It might be a joke for you, hiding behind your computer, but it’s real people you are talking about.

  • PaulSMG

    To think that Froome is clean is becoming a question of faith, we have to believe an illness that takes up to 8 weeks to develop affected him for years, we have to believe that he was not diagnosed (although he was a professional rider already) we have to believe that although his illness cause permanent damage (till it is treated) his performance was damaged before he was treated but not after, we have to believe in amazing training methods that change an average (bad) rider into a champion (of champions) almost immediately, we have to believe that his heart rate does not increase when he makes an incredible effort. … It is more difficult to believe Froome is clean than to believe in God!

  • PaulSMG

    If you don’t see any difference between Nairo’s palmares when he was yonger and Froome’s it is your problem, don’t ask me to solve it (ask an ophtalmologist).

  • PaulSMG

    If Wada had evidence we could not be talking about suspicions or opinions we will be talking about undisputed facts. I am sure you will understand the difference (well I hope so).

  • jbarker

    What have WADA said about your evidence? I’m assuming you’ve given it to them. If its all as clear cut as you make out why go on about it on here. Are you genuinely concerned about the integrity of the sport or just Froome and Sky?

  • Ambientereal

    Do “you” know that? You are the one accusing.

  • reece46

    I don’t believe it either. You need to ask PaulSMG, it’s his statement, though no doubt cut and pasted. I believe it’s the same cheap journeys who are and always have been silent on real litigious cheats obtaining risk free traffic hits. And clueless armchair experts like Paulsmg swallow it up with positive bias confirmation.

  • PaulSMG

    Yeah because fans think they are cheating not because of their nationality.

  • Emma

    Froome missed 2 over 5 years – only ever one strike. Mo missed 2 within the 18 month window – two strikes. You’re skewing facts to suit your argument.

  • maprun

    I suspect suspicion about Sky’s success goes a lot deeper. When you come from a different sports background, cycling appears to be based on traditional ways of doing things. For example, a two month break or so in the winter and then rebuilding slowly. Such long breaks went out decades ago in many other sports. Sky and BC brought in outsiders and challenged these accepted traditions/norms. The other teams have had to change their ways. Challenging tradition does not necessarily go down well. Maybe our tennis establishment will get its act together one day, it’s not lacking money!

  • jbarker

    That’s not representative of French fans in my experience just a section of the media because it sells well when the French do badly. Can you explain why they are not more upset with Valverde, Contador, Kreuzeger, Rogers, Boom, or Astana to name a few?

  • Kevino Daviessss

    May be worth reading Dave BrailsforD in Daily Mail today, even in 2011 he asked sky doctors as to why Froome had come from nowhere and was he cheating! We know riders develop as they get older. But you proving how many races he’s won in past three years only gives people further fuel to the fire?

    As you and Ambientereal are becoming vitriolic, please rewind, accusing or saying there is some suspicion in performance is different to throwing urine, spitting or punching a rider, that is despicable and I think everyone on here would say so.

    Please keep,them seperate as everyone’s allowed an opinion , but that shouldn’t mean abuse.

  • jbarker

    Describe why that s normal then which you clearly cant.

  • Sam Hocking

    Brailsford recently stated that one of his next goals is to actually win Le Tour with a French rider because he thinks it’s important in order to reverse the dwindling French interest since their last win in 1985. An Englishman helping a Frenchman win a French race is certainly going to challenge the urinators mental health that’s for sure!

  • Neilo

    What does what Armstrong said have to do with anything? Froome is not Armstrong. Your reasoning is on about the same level as “all people with dark skin are terrorists”.

  • TheVelvetUnderpants

    You are not right Paul – the condition actually it had affected him since at least 2009 but was not diagnosed until 2011 which is why his performances were so erratic during that time. He was found to be finally free of the disease in early 2013.

  • Neilo

    Strange. As I remember it, the team found out he had lied about his whereabouts. At least that was what Theo de Rooij said at the time. A missed test did not come into it.

    You clearly don’t know as much about the sport as you think, yet you have the gall to accuse someone you have presumably never met of a very, very serious transgression. How old are you?

  • Bertrude

    They are drunk idiots. they’ll be the sort with their back to the race taking selfies. I wish the motorbikes would run them over. They know
    or care nothing about the riders or the race. I despise them

  • TangerineGray

    I don`t know if Froome is doping or not. He says not but so did Armstrong. However,the behaviour of some of the French fans is disgusting…we saw the same sort of thing when Wiggins was leading the Tour too. They`re basically jealous and just don`t like us Anglo-Saxons(ok Froome technically isnt) do they?!! I guess 30 years of no Frenchman winning the Tour is getting to the French psyche! Perhaps they might like to look at how long it took a Briton to win Wimbledon and how desperate we became! At least we didn`t resort to this though!!

  • eminusx

    I almost forgot to mention his support team. If you surround a leader like Froome with several riders who share the same talent, commitment and dedication to their sport, coupled with the support from world leaders in sports science and development like Team Sky and British Cycling then wouldn’t YOU expect to see some impressive results? Isn’t this why all the other teams are striving for marginal gains and copying their methods? It isn’t doping, it’s ruthless efficiency and applied science, when you have that you clearly don’t need anything else.

  • reece46

    You’re amazing with Wikipedia, bet you’re brilliant in conversation so long as there’s wifi and a iPhone handy

  • reece46

    You did, try and remember what you’ve cut and pasted (know it’s hard when you have so much to say). 15th back of your previous conspiracy posts on this thread- ‘That’s why French fans are not very happy seeing the sky team in le tour de france this year’ -Getting bored with no one listening to you any more on the cycling news boards?

  • James Rider

    Froome missed 1 this year, and 1 in 2010 I think, so a 5 year gap. You have to miss 3 in one year to get a ban, so get your facts straight.

  • James Rider

    So he should miss the Tour for missing a single dope test? In my view, I think it’s great that Froome admitted to missing it, many riders wouldn’t speak of it, but Froome showed that he isn’t worried about being accused of doping by publicly confessing.

  • Dirk

    neither

  • PaulSMG

    Nairo (for example)

  • jbarker

    so describe what is normal. Just one example to demonstrate you have a point instead of repeating the same assertion over and over.

  • Margaret

    Lol !! Goodnight

  • jbarker

    Its 3 in a year. Froome’s missed tests were 5 years apart. The 2 situations are completely different. Sky and Froome have lead the way when it comes to improving doping control you do know that right?

  • PaulSMG

    Again? Because his palmares till he was 25/26 is worse (not just bad)!

  • poisonjunction

    Wised down!!!

  • PaulSMG

    He is not English, he was born in Kenya and has BRITISH Nationality so you can consider him Kenyan or British (as you wish) but not English.

  • PaulSMG

    Who said anything about nationalities?

  • PaulSMG

    To say that I THINK he is cheating is not a false accusation, you should check more in detail your statements before posting. And yes I think he is cheating!

  • PaulSMG

    Now there is a witness! Ha ha ha.

  • PaulSMG

    What you should know is that he was diagnosed in 2011 (when he was 26) it takes 6-8 weeks to develop Bilharzia and damages (before treatment) are permanent so in case of having any effect over his performance it will be after 2011 but not before.

  • PaulSMG

    2007 stage 16 his team expelled him after missing 2 test (the same way his national team did).
    Obviously sky does not use the same criteria.

  • TheVelvetUnderpants

    Presumably you are not aware that he suffered from Bilharzia for several years until he was 26? If you take the time to look into how this impacts upon a person then you will be able to answer your own question.

  • Margaret

    Wise up!!!!

  • poisonjunction

    Come on Gregor Brown, ‘Fans get nasty’, the TRUTH is what Froome and Porte experienced was ASSAULT pure and simple, the ‘perpetrators’ must be brought to Justice.

    If nothing is done about it, the TOUR will eventually STOP . . . . PERMANENTLY.

  • jbarker

    What is the normal route to being the best then? There is no normal route in WT cycling. Riders come from many backgrounds in the current era and its been the norm for them to peak around 28-32 sometimes even later. If you could describe it for me I could help look out for the cheats using wikipedia

  • jbarker

    and why do you say he was a bad rider? He didn’t become unbeatable overnight either. Very strange assertions. He was actually singled out for his talent pretty early on. Trying to read his record liked that is nonsense.

  • Indeed Paul and making false accusations about certain teams/riders taking drugs is also a crime.

  • Another dope who knows nothing about the sport, or Chris Froome for that matter. Just go away will you?

  • PaulSMG

    To be an average (really bad) rider till he was 25/26 and to become unbeatable the next year? Oh yes, very normal.

  • Neilo

    Eh? Which TdF was Rasmussen expelled from?

  • Neilo

    A “crime” of which you appear to be guilty.

  • PaulSMG

    No, it is not like that, to miss 3 controls starts an investigation for doping (froome has missed 2) but in the past Rasmussen (before testing positive) was expelled from his national team and from le tour de france for missing 2 controls.

  • jbarker

    but what has him not being an outstanding world tour rider at 23 got to do with him doping now?
    The French media aren’t mad keen on a British team and British riders dominating the event. Especially this year as the pre race French hopes faded early. They were the same and still are about track cycling too.

  • Neilo

    Yes. So he’s better than he used to be. I too am a heck of a lot better at my job than I was a five years ago. Where’s your proof?

  • Emma

    One missed control doesn’t equal a ban you have to have 3. Do you know how many missed controls the other riders have? Contador? Nibali? Quintana? The only reason it came up was because of Mo’s 2 missed tests.

  • Emma

    As a Brit you might not see him as British, but the French do.

  • PaulSMG

    Do you know that a false accusation (An allegation that describes events that did occur, but were perpetrated by an individual who is not accused, and in which the accused person is innocent) is a crime?

  • PaulSMG

    Ha ha ha Tour of Mauritius? Name: Yannick
    Family name: Lincoln
    Nationality: Mauritius
    WINNER 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014
    Impressive! Froome did not win?

    Tour del Capo (Semi proffesional race that does not even exist anymore).

    Giro delle Regioni, it is not even a proffesional race (UNDER 23). Froome competed when he was 23 (all outstanding riders -at this age- don’t even consider that race).

    AS I SAID HE DID NOT WIN ANYTHING!

  • Ambientereal

    Oh, it seems you don´t know today´s fans in every sport.

  • Ambientereal

    Stop trying to convince him, he is the one who has thrown the urine.

  • Ambientereal

    Right, journalists have been throwing virtual urine and also solid human waste to Froome a long time ago. Where is UCI now? ah yes, they are analyzing the urine looking for proofs of dope.

  • Ambientereal

    What are you for “ius solis or ius sanguinis”

  • reece46

    If it’s as simple as you say Steve Cummins better watch his back after today’s sprint, memos needed to ‘let the Frenchman win’. Foreign Journos getting cheap hits on Sky who aren’t as litigious as real cheats more likely.

  • eminusx

    None of what you said were proof or facts that he has doped, simply things that have aroused your suspicions. From what you’ve written, it seems you also assume that in the space of 4 to 5 years it’s impossible for a rider (under the guidance and with the substantial backing of team sky) to succeed. Perhaps you should read a little into their training methods, similarly with the British cycling teams in general and how they’ve dominated track cycling over the past few years (not so much recently). Since you’re so trusting in vague, negative suspicions, surely in the interest of balance and fairness you should spend some time investigating the positive aspects such as his commitment and dedication, his palmares and sky’s globally recognised and oft-imitated training methods and see that it’s possible to take a rough, but ultimately talented ‘diamond’ such as Froome and polish him enough to be where he is now?

  • Moorie

    PaulSMG

    It would seem to show progression through the ranks of cycling and not just a sudden rise to stardom.

    Chris Froome Palmarés

    2014 Tour de Romandie – 1st overall, 2nd stage 3, 1st stage 5 (ITT)

    2014 Tour of Oman – 1st overall, 1st stage 5

    2013 Tour de France – 1st overall, 1st stage 8, 1st stage 15, 1st stage 17 (ITT)

    2013 Criterium du Dauphine – 1st overall, 1st Stage 5

    2013 Tour de Romandie – 1st overall, 1st Prologue

    2013 Tirreno-Adriatico – 2nd overall, 1st Stage 4

    2013 Criterium International – 1st overall, 1st Stage 3

    2013 Tour of Oman – 1st overall, 1st Points Classification, 1st Stage 5

    2012 London Olympics Individual TT – Bronze

    2012 Tour de France – 2nd overall, 1st Stage 7

    2012 Criterium du Daupine – 4th overall

    2011 Vuelta a Espana – 2nd overall, 1st Stage 17, 2nd Stage 10

    2011 Tour of Beijing – 3rd overall; 3rd Stage 3

    2010 British National Time Trial Championships – 2nd

    2009 Giro del Capo II – 1st

    2008 Giro dell’Appennino – 3rd

    2008 Giro del Capo – 2nd overall

    2007 Tour of Japan – 1st stage six

    2007 Giro delle Regione – 2nd stage three; 1st stage five

    2006 Tour of Mauritius – 1st overall; 1st stages two & three

    2005 Tour of Mauritius – 1st stage two

  • PaulSMG

    Again? Because Froome was an average (bad) rider till he was 25/26 and then suddenly became superman, because he did nor explain the data of the videos realised, because his palmares (at the beginning) was so bad that other riders with better records didn’t become proffesionals, because he missed an anti doping control this year and just for that he should not be in the tour this year (as it happened in the past to other riders)…. Because his performance is almost impossible (appart from the EPO era) etc.

  • NP46

    Can you back up with facts, why Froome and the rest of Team Sky are cheating?

  • PaulSMG

    I will never justify something like this, however in order to understand the opinion of French fans (not the brainless ones like this one) it is fair to mention that le “tour de france” is felt in France like a sort of “national treasure/tradition” and every suspicious conduct/behaviour (mostly after the Armstrong era) is seeing as an attack, a danger, to the Tour, that’s why they are really angry with Froome (and team Sky), because people consider that he is cheating (as I do) and that He and his team will damage the tour (as I said, a “national tradition”).
    That’s why French fans are not very happy seeing the sky team in le tour de france this year.
    Said that, this specific guy is a thug.

  • Jsmith

    I can’t get my head around someone keeping their wee in a cup until Chris passed. Surely that along with Porte being punched are acts of assault. All this because Sky are having a great tour they’re dictating the race and the other teams are letting them. Maybe these mindless thugs prefer losers.

  • Dirk

    he’s not english.

  • Kevino Daviessss

    With so much media excitement over Froome, unfortunately he’s now suffering with question marks against his performance due to 20 plus years of top cyclists cheating the fans.
    Absolutely despicable act , why go to watch a race to throw urine at people. Maybe best reposte is to win the tour then announce on the Arc de Triomphe he will never be back to defend his crown! This may make the French media and UCI to wake up.

    Maybe Giro and Tour of Spain may be the main focus next year for sky?

  • luke sampson

    I’m sure it has nothing to do with him being English.

  • 65juicer

    Would the tv camera bikes etc that follow the race not catch this type of thing ?
    Where are the Police outriders ?
    Or maybe Froome has to wear a helmet cam or suchlike now ?
    What a terrible shame.

  • Roger

    Yes. Or Sven Nys.

    Although I reckon anyone who chucks urine at a cyclist is likely to be mentally ill, so any anger is perhaps misplaced.

  • bees1844

    Yes, indeed. Vayer et al are the blight on the sport. How far does the abuse of riders have to go before we realise it has gone too far? Do we need the Badger on patrol?

  • Andy Gibson

    Not a fan. Some mindless thug who’s read some biased fool who missed the Lance story who is now throwing mud without evidence in the hope it may stick.