Chris Froome has confirmed that data of physiological testing he performed in the summer will be released. The 2015 Tour de France winner again came under intense scrutiny during the Tour de France about his performance in July but reiterated that he does not have “any skeletons in the closet”.
Froome was speaking while in Japan for the Saitama Criterium. He went on to finish third, behind John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Fumiyuki Beppu (Trek Factory Racing).
Froome interrupted his off-season to compete at the Saitama Criterium. Froome, as the Tour de France winner, was the star attraction in Saitama as the riders were bussed around the Japanese Prefecture for various activities. It was a relaxed, albeit tired, Froome who sat down with a handful of journalists on the morning of the race. The atmosphere was a far cry from the often intensified environment that surrounded his yellow jersey press conferences at the Tour de France. It was during those press conferences that Froome first broached the idea of undergoing independent physiological testing.
Days before the Vuelta a Espana, the GSK Human Performance Lab posted photos of Froome taking part in some tests, the results of which Froome says will be out soon.
“The results will be published not long from now, before the end of the year the results of that will be published,” Froome said. “It’s certainly not about necessarily proving anything, it’s more about understanding, but again you’ll have to wait for that and draw from it what you want.”
The scrutiny Froome endured during his second Tour de France win was a topic of lengthy discussion during the summer. Earlier this week, Froome’s team principal Dave Brailsford said that the ‘French attitude’ would make winning another Tour title harder for Froome.
You can read more at Cyclingnews.com