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Froome promises to honour Le Tour
27 Jul 2015 09:09
Chris Froome pledged to honour the Tour de France yellow jersey after claiming a second title in Paris.
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The 30-year-old Team Sky leader made a veiled reference to the critics of his performance over a turbulent three weeks which saw Froome called a 'doper', doused in urine and spat at.
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The climate of suspicion is a legacy of the drug-assisted era of cycling, but Froome insists he is clean after finishing one minute and 12 seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar).
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"The maillot jaune is special, very special," Froome said in his victory speech by the Champs-Elysees.
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"I understand its history, good and bad, and I will always respect it, never dishonour it and I'll always be proud to have won it."
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Froome's first Tour title came in the 100th edition in 2013 and first since Lance Armstrong was stripped of his record seven titles.
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Then he was subject to scrutiny and insisted his yellow jersey would "stand the test of time" - a reference to the cheating of Armstrong and the American's contemporaries.
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The innuendo and interrogations resumed for Froome as he reclaimed the title after crashing out of the 2014 race with a fractured hand and broken wrist.
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Asked what honouring the yellow jersey meant to him, Froome told ITV4: "It's pretty straightforward: In this day and age I feel someone needs to speak up for the cyclists of 2015 and of course I'm happy to do that.
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"I'm in this position now. Someone's got to take a stand, it's time."
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