Sir Dave Brailsford claims that critics of Team Sky have hacked into Tour de France leader Chris Froome's performance data

Team Sky have consulted their lawyers following what they believe could be the hacking of Chris Froome‘s performance data.

Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford highlighted the possible theft on Monday’s first rest day of the 2015 Tour de France as the race prepared to enter the Pyrenees.

Brailsford believes the data has been stolen by critics of the team in order to discredit Froome’s performances and raise suggestions of doping.

“We think someone has hacked into our training data and got Chris’ files, so we’ve got some legal guys on the case there,” he said, according to the Guardian.

“I would never mention a name [but] ethically and morally if you are going to accuse someone of doping then don’t cheat.”

Froome led the 2015 Tour by 12 seconds on the first rest day in Pau and both he and his team insist they are compete cleanly.

Froome faced repeated doping accusations during his victorious ride in the 2013 Tour. Team Sky went so far as to release Froome’s climbing data dating back to 2011 to French sports newspaper L’Equipe, whose expert concluded Froome’s performances were possible without doping.

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A video purportedly showing Chris Froome’s ride on Mont Ventoux during the 2013 Tour with data on power, heart rate, speed and cadence overlaid was removed from YouTube on Monday evening.

Viewers of the video took to social media to interpret the data, with some concluding that it was evidence of doping.

Ahead of the Tour, Chris Froome expressed his frustration of “clowns” interpreting power data, and yesterday Brailsford was reported to have said the team were expecting further questions of its performance in this year’s Tour.

“It’s part of the game, isn’t it? If he does well [on Tuesday], the rest of the Tour it’s ‘How do you know he’s not doping?'” added Brailsford. “The question of how to prove a negative is always going to be a difficult one.”

Brailsford declined to speak anymore about the potential hacking at the start of Tuesday’s Tour stage 10, which started in Tarbes.

The data leak wasn’t the only controversy surrounding Sky on the rest day — photographers were reportedly trying to catch a glimpse of Chris Froome sleeping in the motorhome being used at the Tour by Brailsford.

In the interests of fairness, riders were recently obliged by the UCI to sleep in the hotels provided by race organisers after Richie Porte pioneered the use of a motorhome at the Giro d’Italia earlier this year.

Sky’s large fleet of vehicles has also riled rival teams; FDJ’s manager Marc Madiot said Sky’s consumption of hotel car park space lacked “basic etiquette.”

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  • RedBaron9495

    Typical British…always think they’re above everyone else. They’re as guilty of doping as any others who they point their fingers at!

  • J1

    Teej isn’t up to that level, the fact that he gapped Berty was telling.

  • ThePollitikat

    I read it. I am not saying he is up to anything but someone who is advocating for night raid testing should never miss a test.

  • Krostiman

    Has it not occurred to you that all the other teams work hard have talent and use clever training, its such british arrogance and bulshit to claim that SKY is the only team that uses scientific method to improve.

  • J1

    He rode away from some strong pure climbers like they were sprinters on the mountains last year. Now, all of a sudden he’s getting dropped by average climbers, hmmm.

  • Krostiman

    Because he won by chipping away at his competition and not destroying them in one ride. Moreover Chris Froome’s early career was medicore at best. Team Sky happens to pick up a rider with limited talent and make him the best in the world through science and being professional. I don’t buy it.

  • Johnseart

    LA was once asked what he was on and replied “my bike 6 hours a day” he should of had a TUE for testosterone as he couldn’t produce it anymore.

  • Surprises

    The best champions and cheaters can win on any team they get to. I bet Froome could not – he’s just a robot connected to the Sky mainframe.

  • Surprises

    Remember when George Hincapie (definitely not a climber) won a mountain stage of the Tour? Same thing going on here.

  • Surprises

    I am more likely to be right than you are based on the history of the sport of cycling. Probability is in my favor and not yours unfortunately.

  • Surprises

    Yes, how is it that Geraint Thomas is out climbing all the favorites as well. When did he become a world class climber? Track racing must do wonders for the climbing legs.

  • Surprises

    We all watched the Discovery Channel team improve times.

  • ian franklin

    If you read the circumstances on how the test was missed then perhaps you wouldn’t be so small-minded.

  • lift_the_toilet_seat

    Contador was a superstar as a kid. If he is still doping then clean Sky domestiques are destroying the best rider of his generation and doing it clean. I’m expected to believe this?

  • ThePollitikat

    It is abnormal for one person to dominate such a grueling sport without somthing…as you well know all the “greats” used some form of PED. If Froome wants to be like them then I suspect he is using something, Lance used to say it was training and hard work and science(data) as well….but. Froome says he wants to dominate tour for six or seven years and I guess every other race as well…that is a tall order without using something. I do give them credit for riding the bike though.

  • ThePollitikat

    Funny how port rides better as a domestique…froome is one heck of a motivator.

  • ThePollitikat

    They have very close ties to UCI Cookson. You will never know how many TUEs they are using. Plus Froome and his asthma pump, Porte and his wheel change Which I think was kinda cheating. I dont think they are above cheating.

  • ThePollitikat

    Yet he missed his test. Why would someone who is advocating for all this testing ever miss a test? Now I am not accusing but asking questions. There is also a new thing called gene doping with epo and I read it is very hard to detect. JS

  • psi4power

    Your correct and my point is the mob being ill informed and partially informed fans want to be sinical and think anyone who is a strong and talented cyclist is automatically a doper and that’s far from the truth.

  • Unfrickingbelievable

    Too bad Froome set himself up for suspicion. From this day forward he’ll be considered guilty until proven innocent. Good luck with that. Somewhere he ignored the advice that if you want to be the public’s athletic super hero, then you better damn well be prepared for public criticism. Taking 2 plus minutes outta Tee Jay on the last climb of stage 10 isn’t the way to win without looking like a doper.

  • Josh Harper

    I”m going to get a jersey made with Marylin Manson’s song “The Dope Show” printed on the back. Start my own team….with no doping.

  • Turò Trek

    The sad fact is that all great recent winners… Amstrong, pantani, rasmussen, ullrich, contador etc etc had doping evidence… So then superheroe myth is just a fiarytale. For me yhis guy is not clean at all, specially looking at the team perf

  • Turò Trek

    The sad fact is that all great recent winners had proven doping, so the superheroes mith is just a fairytale

  • chris

    what is your point? top pro cyclists generally get stronger from their late twenties to early thirties. Horner is winning into his forties. Armstrong & Contador were strong for a reason in their mid twenties

  • chris

    some always want to get one step ahead. in cycling, drugs is the way to do this. Don’t be naive if you think that doping is impossible – lots of ways around testing

  • Steve

    Actually I don’t think Pilot had the mob with him. He couldn’t find any evidence against Jesus, and if it had been up to him, he would have let him go. It was pressure from the mob that caused him to sentence Jesus to death.

  • Steve

    Who are you talking about specifically?

  • Steve

    Yes. The web. It contains a lot of really nasty stuff. Doping, harmful as it is, really doesn’t compare.

  • lift_the_toilet_seat

    It’s the same playbook but even more blatant.

  • lift_the_toilet_seat

    The SKY boys have gone from the autobus to smashing the best climbers in the World on a HC climb in their late 20’s and early 30’s. Even Armstrong showed more talent at a younger man than the present SKY team.

  • lift_the_toilet_seat

    If he took some EPO he would flow for a couple of hours.

  • lift_the_toilet_seat

    If you are selling bikes it’s not in your interest to diss the sport. It would be interesting to examine the investment portfolios of sport commentators especially since the Armstrong cult began …

  • Adele

    Theres only one Lance

  • Steve

    Not very bright, are you?

  • Steve

    I don’t know which “Lance” you are referring to. Are you disagreeing with what I wrote?

  • lift_the_toilet_seat

    The web is a sewer as opposed to the sport of cycling?

  • lift_the_toilet_seat

    The first person in the World to suggest this?

  • Steve

    And your point is?

  • J1

    But is Quintana doping too??? Haha!

    Man this topic is boring, I’m not too bothered either way, if there’s some dodgyness going on then eventually the chances are they’ll get caught. I really hope it’s just the fact they have one of the biggest budgets and have used it to research the optimal training, nutrition etc. etc……hopefully.

  • Adele

    Yeah just look how much Lance improved with “training and experience.”

  • Steve

    Yes, cyclists usually do improve with training and experience. No doubt when you grow up you will be stronger than you are now too.

  • Steve

    Yup. But this is a public forum on the internet, and only a fool would take seriously anything found on here. I reached the conclusion some time ago that it is best to regard the web as if it were a sewer.

  • Surprises

    This is what Americans were saying about Armstrong when he was winning. Well I hope you are right otherwise if he’s found out you’ll be a fool. The best bet at this point is to assume guilt before innocence. Why? Because cycling is a sport and sport is about marketing and money. When you have a profit incentive, you have an incentive to cheat. It’s all cost benefit analysis. Living in a capitalist society will teach you that.

  • Juanelo

    The problem my friend is that the rest of riders are not waiting for the tour drinking cocktails, and that not only Froome but other riders from Team Sky, not known for being great climbers are destroying world-class climbers like Quintana, Valverde and Contador, as the US Postal did a few years ago, or is it that your thought process destroyed the part of your brain in charge of processing memories? let me remind you that Froome was only a few years ago a good but not top cyclist, that Wiggins beibg not a climber either but a track rider on his third year as route rider without winning previously any route major race in 2012 won the Tour with ease, that Froome is 30 years old, that Porte (an average rider) failed epically the last Giro showing a horrible performance and magically on the Tour is outsprinting Quintana who’s known as a world-class climber?

    I remember a few years ago lots of people denying the few ones saying that the US Postal and Armstrong were high on EPO, writing the same exact words that you’re writing and 5 years later what happened? so my friend, I don’t have proofs that the Sky Team is cheating but yesterday’s performance is a clear evidence that something is going on

  • Surprises

    So you work for Sky? How do you know they haven’t paid the UCI to get a pass for Froome missing a doping control? Why wasn’t Froome banned or questioned about this? Why the favoritism? It looks like the Armstrong strategy all over again.

  • Juanelo

    The problem my friend is that the rest of riders are not waiting for the tour drinking cocktails, and that not only Froome but other riders from Team Sky, not known for being great climbers are destroying world-class climbers like Quintana, Valverde and Contador, as the US Postal did a few years ago, or is it that your thought process destroyed the part of your brain in charge of processing memories? let me remind you that Froome was only a few years ago a good but not top cyclist, that Wiggins was not a climber either and on his first year won the Tour with ease and that Froome is 30 years old, that Porte (an average rider) failed epically the last Giro showing a horrible performance and magically on the Tour is outsprinting Quintana who’s known as a world-class climber?

    I remember a few years ago lots of people denying the few ones saying that the US Postal and Armstrong were high on EPO, writing the same exact words that you’re writing and 5 years later what happened? so my friend, I don’t have proofs that the Sky Team is cheating but yesterday’s performance is a clear evidence that something is going on

  • ian franklin

    I wish they would pay me. When you live on a pension every penny helps!

  • Adele

    And calling poor old Lance a sociopath. I suppose you think Oscar Pistorius didnt mean to shoot his girlfriend.

  • Adele

    Victim??? Surrounded by lawyers and all his millions. What a trooper!

  • Luis

    well we will see soon or in the far farther who was right..

  • Emma Jean Horkins

    If the night testing raids get approved, great, that way Team Sky and more importantly Froome, can prove their innocence. However I suppose you haters will still find reason to accuse even when you have facts slapping you in the face!

  • psi4power

    Im with you Ian and know Paunches Pilot had the mob with him and I know this not a apples to apples comparison. People who have never professionally competed or turned a crank don’t want to believe that hard work can beat talent when talent is lazy e.g Jan Ulrich. Now I know PED’s still exist in pro peloton long before Lance, Berzin, Anquetil etc but until you actually bust someone I am enjoying the racing and don’t give s*** about all these conspiracy theorists just looking for a reason to doubt. I prefer to live a glass half full life and chapeau to team Sky and Froome for opening a can up today. Its a long tour and I think they could be on the receiving in next week as well so just relax people, the tour is far from over.

  • ian franklin

    Hard work, talent, clever training? Has it never occurred to you that there is an alternative to doping? Has it ever occurred to you that your thought process appears to have stopped to the point ………….. where all you show is prejudice and a bit of jealousy? You people want a ‘doped’ result so much that you can come here and post lie after lie. Crazed or what?

  • ian franklin

    100% correct. Disgusting? Repugnant? There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe these posts. I hope one day one of these posters will be sued in an open court. Could they defend themselves? Absolutely not.

  • ian franklin

    Not true. Chris Froome was the first to suggest night doping.

  • ian franklin

    No obvious about it. I do wish CW would ban you pathetic louts.

  • Juanelo

    I understand your frustration but mate, really, when you have two average riders beating world class climbers like Porte chasing Quintana and out running him in the last 200 mts. and Thomas going wheel by wheel with Valverde… c’moon dude, you have to be blind to deny that there’s something very very strange going on with Sky… Froome’s time was only seconds away from Armstrong times, and Armstrong was juiced to the balls, we may not have proofs but something really odd is happening, I still remember how Armstrong and the US Postal denied back in the day all involvement in doping and what happened with Armstrong later?

  • dourscot

    Except Froome didn’t “blast up a mountain” – his time was in fact the 23rd fastest ascent in the Tour de France.

    Froome did it in 59 minutes dead, Armstrong in 58.48, Iban Mayo in 55.51.

    You make a lot of assertions but are clearly just another punter sitting at home with no evidence and an aversion to fact checking.

  • Jsmith

    It seems to me that most of the comments on here are written by keyboard warriors who have never ridden a bike or watched first class cycle teams in action. To accuse a team of doping when the only thing that they are guilty of is very hard work is repugnant. Bikes improve, kit improves, training improves therefore times improve. Go for ir Chris and Sky.

  • hawaiiguy

    When they have 3 riders, 2 domestiques and Froome blast up a mountain that would make Armstrong look like a clean rider, there’s a serious indication they’re doping from 9:01pm -5:59am! Sky team isn’t ‘that much better” its only through micro EPO dosing at night, next year they’ll all come back to earth if France approves night raid testing, which they were the only country to disapprove of it this year. My guess Sky isn’t even around the top next year!

  • hawaiiguy

    Well if it wasn’t clear before todays stage that Team Sky(high) likes to dope, and dope heavily between 9:01pm and 5:59am it certainly was after the stage! France (hopefully) puts an end to that next year, why they were the only country to disapprove night raid doping testing is beyond everyone I think. It will bear out next year though I believe when the test will end careers, lets see how Sky gets 2 domestiques (top 6 today) across the line ahead of 5 of the best climbers in the world?

  • jimbojones100

    for a selection of the most smug tw@ts currently occupying the internet please see this comments section.

  • Adele

    Its a bit sus alright the way Froome and Quintana left Porte in their wake on a climb and then he rides up to Quintanas wheel and sprints past him at the line.

  • Adele

    The most frustrating thing for me is the way the ITV4 commentators hail Team Sky as if they are a gift from the gods but completely shun Lance Armstrong and put him in the same bracket as a homicidal maniac. A blind man on a galloping horse can see that Team Sky are every bit as corrupt as US Postal ever were.

  • Unfrickingbelievable

    Riding like a doper can only lead to one conclusion.

  • Juanelo

    I agree with you… Not only Froome but Porte? sprinting Quintana in such a way? and Thomas arriving with Valverde? ir reminds me of the US Postal team back in the Armstrong era

  • cnast

    I sort of think he didn’t dope (or at least not crazily) and got lucky with the heavy dopers crashing out early.

  • cnast

    yep, it is obvious on a mountain stage when two or three teammates are still around and doing the pacing and the leader makes a breakaway showing no pain. Sky is juiced but to be fair I don’t think there has been a clean winner in the last 20 years.
    the shame is that the announcers don’t call it out.

  • Adele

    5 years ago Froome couldnt beat David McCann in a TT and now hes dropping the best climbers in the world. Vive la Lance!

  • Surprises

    Sky is doped from the eyeballs down to the other balls.

  • Surprises

    You have got to be paid for by Fox.

  • Timlewis

    So Mr Franklin drugs have always been an issue.. I completely agree.. Apart from Sean Yates every one else was doping then.. Yes or no

  • Chris Froomes Special Porridge

    Sky is obviously doping its a fact teams will always try to do it. They should just let every rider do it and at least then there will be an equal footing.

  • Whippet

    My my Ian, do you really think doping was limited to one individual? You claim to be a bike rider. Don’t answer me, but ask yourself: how far can I go in bike racing without ‘doping’? Drugs have always been a part of cycling, and always will be. It is a matter of degree, and that is the Armstrong issue.

  • Adele

    Am I the only one who thinks Sky is doped to the eyeballs?

  • lift_the_toilet_seat

    The “Armstrong era”. Wiggins finished just behind him in 2009.

  • J1

    I still wonder why Nibali didn’t get the doping accusations after his super strong performance in the mountains last year? Froome got it bad in 2013.

  • Johnseart

    That’s the same way the bio passport works, like with JTL they just assume guilt if there is an anomaly until innocence is proven, what’s good for one is the same for all, no-one is above scrutiny. Keep it transparent, it isn’t wasting time, people have been fooled before, surely that’s just the way it is if you cycle for a living your going to be checked, if not by agencies then by the interested public. complaining just looks bad, A lot of great athletes have doped even in the present era, the more accountability the better – they may ban or limit the amount of caffeine soon – one could be doping without realising it! Where will it end.

  • Henry

    OK, we’ve all lived through the Festina era. But that was then. Now is now. Leave it alone for goodness sake. All I can say is that I am relieved to be an ordinary person, an everyday bike rider and not a rider in the pro tour. As for Lance my message is ‘go for it’.

  • ian franklin

    I am just sick to the teeth with the ne’er-do-wells that are constantly accusing great athletes of doping. Hacking into their personal files is just part of the same outrage. OK, we’ve all lived through the Armstrong era. But that was then. Now is now. Leave it alone for goodness sake. All I can say is that I am relieved to be an ordinary person, an everyday bike rider and not a rider in the pro tour. As for Chris my message is ‘go for it’. Don’t let these time wasters and thoroughly nasty people get at you.