Richie Porte played down his long-standing friendship with Chris Froome as he prepares to challenge his former team-mate for glory in the Tour de France.
Porte was a key lieutenant for Froome in his Tour victories in 2013 and 2015 before leaving Team Sky in the winter.
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Chris Froome survived another brutally tough day as leader of Le Tour, but his faithful Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas struggled after his earlier exertions and slipped down from fourth to 15th in GC. Froome admitted he was sad to see 'G' lose so much time and with it any chance of a podium finish in Paris.
Race leader Chris Froome accused 2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali of "unsportsmanlike" behaviour for mounting an attack on him at precisely the moment when he was suffering from a mechanical. Nibali made the attack stick to win Stage 19 (watch highlights).
However, Froome's grip on the yellow jersey is still very strong with only one mountain stage to come before Paris.
Race leader Chris Froome says his nearest rival Nairo Quintana will battle him all the way until Paris on Sunday.
The media clamour for Chris Froome's data prompted Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford to invite his head of performance Tim Kerrison to reveal some "concrete facts" (Brailsford's words) relating to Froome's performance, in a press conference held on the Tour's second rest day.
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Chris Froome has asked why his performance in leading the Tour de France has invited more scrutiny than any of his rivals' displays in winning other major races.