Richard Freeman was recently suspended for doping for the time he worked for INEOS Grenadiers (then Team Sky) and British Cycling. That has caused some media to question the authenticity of the 4 Tour de France victories of Chris Froome.
The Brit, in statements collected by Triathlon Diary, defended himself by attacking the Lance Armstrong era: "We climb faster because we are better athletes. Everything evolved and that also helps. Now we have better technology, nutrition also helps and new training methods with another plus."
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He explains that the way of racing in the modern era is different from what it was at the beginning of the 21st century. According to him, cyclists now recover in the intermediate stages in order to be able to make big efforts in the key stages. "We don't recover as fast as they did. So, for example, when you know there's going to be a key mountain day, the peloton goes slower the days before. We all need to slow down.
Froome is fed up with being accused of doping and says it is "hard" to respond to the same thing over and over again. "Even today we still have to justify ourselves for what happened even though 15 years have passed. I wouldn't have won the Tour four times if that hadn't changed. It's hard to always respond to the same thing and to negativity. We have to face the skeptics but what can we do? We know that we are doing things right and that we have nothing to hide".