Greg LeMond strongly attacks Froome, Brailsford, Team Sky

Posted on: January 4th, 2018

Greg LeMond attacks Chris Froome, Dave Brailsford, Team Sky

LeMond blasts Froome excuse that he took too many puffs of inhaler just before TV interview and dope test at Vuelta. The excuse was first put forward by David Walsh.


Greg LeMond attacks Chris Froome, Dave Brailsford, Team Sky


Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has launched a very strong attack on Chris Froome.

And the former US pro has also turned his attention to Dave Brailsford and Team Sky.

In an interview with The Times of London, LeMond was scathing in his analysis of Froome’s recent adverse dope test for salbutamol.

He branded as ridiculous the suggestion Froome had returned the test result because he puffed on his asthma inhaler to prevent himself coughing in a TV interview post-stage.

That excuse was first put forward by journalist David Walsh. It was met with derision by most.

“Give me a break,” said Tour legend LeMond. “That is the most ridiculous excuse I have ever heard.

“If this is what he claims, then it’s simple, he broke the rules and should be punished accordingly.

“You have to look at Froome’s AAF in context of everything around Team Sky.

“The comments from Shane Sutton, admitting that the team would push things right to the limit, the lost records, the jiffy bag.”

Of Dave Brailsford he said: “I don’t believe in Dave Brailsford. He’s secretive, he skirts around questions.

“And from what I read and hear, the team is not as scientific and as knowledgeable as they claim to be.

“It pains me to hear Brailsford and the team dismiss real science as pseudoscience, always a red flag as far as I am concerned.

“As history has shown, when things are too good to be true, they usually are.”

He said the medicines Bradley Wiggins took under TUE were a “powerful steroid”.

LeMond insisted that Froome must be dealt with over his Vuelta dope test result as any rider would be.

“The fallacy that salbutamol does not improve performance is only true if you use it as prescribed,” he said.

“Taken orally or by injection it acts as an anabolic steroid, similar to clenbuterol, the drug that Alberto Contador was positive for.

“It’s the athlete’s responsibility for following the rules. As for the use of salbutamol, it’s up to Chris Froome to be responsible for what he puts into his body.

“He alone is responsible. The peloton relies on the equal application of the rules. If these are not followed, it undermines the sport.”