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Froome to publish testing data

Data from independent physiological testing to be released in early December

LONDON (AFP) — Chris Froome (Sky) has said data from physiological tests that he underwent earlier this year will be published on December 3 by men’s magazine Esquire UK.

Froome made the announcement via a series of Tweets on Saturday after studying the proposed courses for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio.

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Froome and Team Sky both faced detractors during this year’s Tour de France. Data that appeared to show Froome’s power, cadence, and heart-rate values from his stage-winning ride on Mont Ventoux in the 2013 Tour was posted online and made into a video during the 2015 race, which led some to question Froome’s performances. Froome suffered abuse on the road as well, with a cup of urine allegedly thrown at him during the Tour’s 14th stage.

In October, while riding in Japan’s Saitama Criterium, the 30-year-old said the doping suspicions hanging over him were “frustrating.”

“It’s unfortunate that’s what the yellow jersey wearer of the Tour de France has to put up with,” Froome said.

“If I had something to hide or I had some elaborate scheme going on then it would really bother me, it would be my whole world crashing down.

“But I don’t have any skeletons in the closet, I don’t have anything to genuinely be afraid of. Yes, it’s frustrating but you just have to get on with the racing and get through it.”