Contador backs Froome
Watch Peter Sagan show off on the toughest stage of the Tour de France. Avignon - If Chris Froome is fed up of having his credibility questioned again following his stunning win on Mont Ventoux, he can take some comfort from the words of his biggest rival on Monday. Alberto Contador saw his Tour de France chances suffer another crushing blow when he ceded 1min 40sec to Froome on Sunday's 15th stage to fall 4min 25sec behind the British rider in the overall standings.
"There is no reason to doubt about Froome," insisted the Spaniard at his rest-day press conference in Avignon in southern France. "He is a professional rider who has been performing at a really high level all year, and I think that his results are the fruits of the work he puts in and nothing else.
Contador knows only too well about doping controversies having served a two-year ban after testing positive for clenbuterol on the 2010 Tour de France. He was also stripped of that year's Tour title, leaving him with just two yellow jersey wins, to his name in 2007 and 2009, and remained edgy when it came to questions on the subject on Monday, even threatening to leave the press conference.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24