Bradley Wiggins: Froome won’t satisfy critics

Bradley Wiggins does not expect critics of fellow Tour de France winner Chris Froome to be persuaded to change their minds by the imminent release of physiological data.
Bradley Wiggins: Froome won’t satisfy critics

After winning a second Tour de France title amid scrutiny of his performance in the post-Lance Armstrong era, Froome took it upon himself to undergo independent testing to determine the characteristics which make him such an exceptional athlete.

GlaxoSmithKline performed the tests in its human performance laboratory, with the results to be announced in Esquire magazine today. The results will also be submitted to a scientific journal for publication, with Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford saying there was a responsibility to “make the unbelievable believable”.

Wiggins in 2012 became Britain’s first Tour winner, prior to Froome’s successes in 2013 and 2015, and has faced plenty of scrutiny of his own performances.

“It’s what people have called for and Chris has done it, so hats off to him,” Wiggins told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I’m sure it is not something for them to live and die by, or if it will change anything. It is a small step maybe.”

Wiggins meanwhile will ride in the second edition of the Tour de Yorkshire as he steps up his preparations for a fifth Olympic Games and a bid for another gold medal in Rio next summer.

The 35-year-old four-time Olympic champion, 2012 Tour de France winner and holder of the Hour record is increasing preparations as part of Great Britain’s team pursuit squad.

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