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Tour leader Froome frustrated over doping questions

Tour de France leader Chris Froome admitted his frustration over questions about doping a day after his impressive stage win.

Chris Froome during the Mont Ventoux stage. Credit: YUZURU SUNADA/Belga

The British cyclist won on Mont Ventoux - one of the most feared climbs in cycling - but his performance was compared to those of Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of seven Tour titles for doping.

On the doping questions, Froome said: "I just think it's quite sad that we're sitting here the day after the biggest victory of my life, a historic win, talking about doping.

"My team-mates and I have been away from home for months training together and working our arses off to get here, and here I am accused of being a cheat and a liar."

He added: "Lance cheated. I'm not cheating. End of story."


Armstrong says words were 'twisted' over doping claim

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has sought to clarify recent comments made in French newspaper Le Monde about winning the Tour de France.

He was quoted as saying it would be impossible to win the famous race without doping, however he took to Twitter to say

Read: Armstrong: 'Impossible' to win Tour without doping

100th Tour De France to get underway from Corsica

The 100th Tour De France will begin today with 212km stage one from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia in Corsica.

Last year's runner-up to Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, will lead Team Sky and is favourite to become the second British winner.

Chris Froome stands next to Bradley Wiggins on the winners podium after the 2012 race Credit: PA Wire

Wiggins is unable to compete this year due to illness and injury.

Lance Armstrong doping claims 'categorically wrong'

International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid said Lance Armstrong's comments that it was "impossible" to win the Tour de France in his era without doping were "categorically wrong".

Lance Armstrong was stripped of seven Tour de France titles. Credit: Klein Bruno/ABACA

He said: "It is very sad that Lance Armstrong has decided to make this statement on the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France. However, I can tell him categorically that he is wrong. His comments do absolutely nothing to help cycling.

"The culture within cycling has changed since the Armstrong era and it is now possible to race and win clean.

"Riders and teams owners have been forthright in saying that it is possible to win clean – and I agree with them.

“Cycling today has the most sophisticated anti-doping infrastructure in sport. Measures such as the introduction of the blood passport, the whereabouts system and the ‘no-needle’ policy are the backbone of our relentless fight against doping."

Armstrong: 'Impossible' to win Tour without doping

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who cheated his way to win seven Tour de France titles, said it would have been impossible to win the famous race without doping.

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA USA

Asked if riders won races drugs-free during the era when he competed, Armstrong told French newspaper Le Monde: "It depends on the races. The Tour de France? No. Impossible to win without doping.

"My name was taken out of the palmares (list of achievements) but the Tour was held between 1999 and 2005 wasn't it?

"There must be a winner then. Who is he? Nobody came forward to claim my jerseys."

Bernard Hinault, who won the Tour five times, reacted by telling TV channel BFM: "He must not know what it was like to ride without doping."


Nike drops sponsorship of Armstrong's Livestrong charity

Lance Armstrong speaking at a Livestrong event in Dublin in 2009. Credit: PA

The Livestrong Foundation, the cancer charity founded by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, said that Nike had dropped its sponsorship of the group, which is known for its distinctive yellow wristbands.

The group had flourished during Armstrong's cycling career, which saw him win the grueling Tour de France race seven times, titles he was stripped of last year amid accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong admitted to doping early this year and stepped aside from the charity, which he had founded after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

"We expected and planned for changes like this and are therefore in a good position to adjust swiftly and move forward with our patient-focused work," the group said in a statement.

Armstrong withdraws from swimming event

US Masters Swimming Executive Director Rob Butcher confirmed that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has pulled out three events he was scheduled to appear in this weekend.

Butcher told the Associated Press that the change of heart was likely caused by objections raised by FINA, the international governing body for swimming.

He doesn't want to cause any more harm to any more organisations. His interest was around fitness and training. In light of FINA and the other political stuff, he will not be swimming.

Swimming body slams Armstrong competition bid

FINA, the international governing body for swimming, has written to the US Masters Swimming to advise them to reject Lance Armstrong's entry to take part in a competition scheduled this weekend.

The disgraced cyclist was planning to use the small low-profile event in Austin, Texas, to make a return to competitive sport.

Read: Lance Armstrong set to return to sport as a swimmer

The competition falls under the jurisdiction of the US Masters Swimming. In a statement, the governing body said:

FINA wrote a letter to the US Masters Swimming (with copy to US Aquatic Sports and USA Swimming) requesting not to accept the entry of Mr. Lance Armstrong in the [...] competition.

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