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Tour de France leader Chris Froome is expecting doping slurs to continue

By Matt McGeehan

Tour de France leader Chris Froome believes his detractors will only be satisfied when all of his performance data has been released and Team Sky's intellectual property has been shared.

Froome, who fought off an attack from nearest rival Nairo Quintana (Movistar) to preserve his overall lead of three minutes 10 seconds on yesterday's 17th stage, has been under pressure off the bike in recent days, with scrutiny surrounding his dominant win on stage 10.

Team Sky released his performance data from the first Pyrenees stage on Tuesday's rest day in an effort to quell the furore surrounding the display which has led some observers to conclude Froome must be using performance-enhancing drugs.

The 30-year-old Team Sky leader denies doping and is happy to comply with the relevant authorities, should the World Anti-doping Agency or UCI, cycling's world governing body, request further information.

"I knew when we released the file it wouldn't be enough. The data will never be enough," Froome said. "There are a lot of people out there who have already made up their minds and no matter what information we release or make public that's not going to change their opinions.

"If people want to truly understand what I'm capable of doing on a bike they'd have to have all my power data, all my training files, all my racing files.

"For Team Sky that's our competitive advantage. That intellectual property would mean giving away our training programmes. Guys like (head of performance) Tim Kerrison have spent years developing these programmes.

"It's crazy for us just to give it away. The team have made it clear that they're happy to surrender everything to the independent bodies on the basis that all other teams did the same."

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