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Sky Abuse: Froome Hit with Urine

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July 18, 2015 – Yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome revealed he had urine thrown over him by a spectator during the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.

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Yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome hit out at “irresponsible” reporting at the Tour de France after revealing he had urine thrown over him by a spectator during the 14th stage on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Briton blamed journalists for setting the “tone” that led to the fan’s actions by accusing him of cheating during this year’s race.

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“Obviously a bit of a dampner for me, a spectator about 50-60km into the race threw a cup of urine over me, shouting ‘dope’ (doped),” said Froome.

“It’s unacceptable on so many levels. We’re professionals, we work really hard for what we do and for someone to come and do that, it’s not what we’re here for.”

The Kenyan-born Briton has had to put up with accusations not only of doping during this Tour but also of using a motorized bicycle.

Already, two years ago when he won the Tour, he was met with incredulity from some quarters, particularly over the manner of some of his dominant victories in mountain stages.

Some people claim that reminds them of Lance Armstrong in his pomp — when the American was using the banned blood-booster EPO and blood transfusions to help him win seven straight Tour titles, before being stripped of them all and turned into a pariah when the truth came out.

“I certainly don’t blame the public for this, it’s certainly a minority of people out there ruining it for everybody else,” said Froome, the Team Sky leader.

“I would blame some of the reporting on the race, it’s very irresponsible. Those individuals know who they are.

“It’s not all media, a lot of the reporting has been fantastic, it’s been about the race, as it should be.

“But with my victory a few days ago and the way the team is riding, there’s been a lot of very irresponsible reporting.

“It’s not riders bringing the sport into disrepute, it’s individuals and they know who they are.”

Porte Punched on Stage Ten

Australian Richie Porte says he was punched by a spectator while helping Chris Froome to victory on Tuesday’s 10th stage of the Tour de France.

Froome won the mountain stage that finished in the Pyrenees at La Pierre-Saint Martin, with Porte passing Nairo Quintana to take second place in a Team Sky 1-2.

But the 30-year-old Australian, who will leave Sky at the end of the season, told the Telegraph Podcast that his team are being targeted because of their success.

“I was (punched) in the last 3km. I got a full-on punch,” said Porte.

“It was the same atmosphere on Alpe d’Huez two years ago.”

Froome won the Tour in 2013 after a pairing of stunning stage wins up to Ax 3 Domaines and Mont Ventoux, meaning that by the time he reached the Alps, and Alpe d’Huez, his Tour victory was virtually already sewn up.

Porte said the Sky riders, and Froome in particular, are paying for negative speculation that they are doped.

“They are so anti-whatever we are. Do I deserve to be booed? Does Chris Froome deserve all this? I don’t think so.

“Maybe in 10 years’ time they’re going to see that these victories are legitimate.

“It’s a disgrace how some of these people carry on.”

But while Porte argued with spectators earlier this week after being abused, he says his team leader, also 30, is handling it much better.

“When they were giving him abuse I heard him laugh about it. He’s got a thick skin and you need that in the yellow jersey.”