Team Sky release dope data
18 July 2013, 18:03
Paris - Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford on Thursday confirmed he had
written to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to offer them details of
Chris Froome's performances in a bid to end the climate of suspicion
surrounding the Tour de France leader.
Froome's string of
stunning performances on this year's Tour, from his mountaintop wins at
Ax-Trois-Domaines and on Mont Ventoux to his victory in Wednesday's
individual time-trial in Chorges, have aroused suspicion from fans and
journalists who remain sceptical in the wake of the Lance Armstrong
And Brailsford revealed that he is trying be proactive
in order to change the minds of those who refuse to believe that the
current yellow jersey wearer has not doped.
"We have been in
contact with WADA and UKAD (The UK Anti-Doping agency) and things are
progressing," he said before the start of Thursday's 18th stage in Gap.
don't know what the process is because we have never done this before
but we are trying to react to a situation, trying to think creatively
about a situation.
"Nobody asked me to do this. I suggested it would be a good idea to contact them, they didn't contact me.
have gone to them and said: 'Actually guys, we would like to give you
everything that we've got. How do you feel about that?'"
was speaking after French sports daily L'Equipe reported on Thursday
that they had received data directly from Team Sky relating to Froome's
performances on 18 climbs over the last two years, from the 2011 Tour of
Spain up to and including last Sunday's ascent of Mont Ventoux.
newspaper did not publish the performance data, but reported that it
had been analysed by Frederic Grappe, a cycling coach who is also a
reputed researcher in sports science.
Grappe claimed that there
is nothing abnormal about the Kenyan-born Briton's performances after
dissecting different data, saying that his Record Power Profile (PPR) -
that is the maximum power, in watts, that a rider can generate over a
given period - showed nothing untoward and that his power data from the
last two years is coherent with his profile.
He also wrote that
Froome's weight, 68kg, has barely changed over the last two years, but
it was added that his V02max - the maximal amount of oxygen an athlete
can intake during exercise - has never been measured by Team Sky.
I know is that what we do is clean, what we do is professional, and we
try to think of innovative solutions, try to be flexible, try to react,
not just stick to the same old mantra," added Brailsford.
could stand here and just say: 'We've not failed any drug tests.' You've
heard it all before. It's not going to get us anywhere. There is no
point in going down that line. We need to be more creative."