Team Sky rode through the first nervous week of the Tour virtually unscathed, avoiding major crashes while landing in a surprising position having gained time on their main rivals.
The Tour heads into the Pyrenees today, as the team prepares Froome for the inevitable doping questions he will likely face in the days ahead. Anticipating the criticism, Team Sky chose to gather data to back up their faith that the 2013 Tour champion is riding clean. The British team now believes the data files have been stolen in order to suggest Froome may be doping.
“We think someone has hacked into our training data and got Chris’s files, so we’ve got some legal guys on the case there,” Dave Brailsford told The Telegraph Monday. “From an ethical and moral point of view, if you accuse someone of doping, then you do not have to cheat (and steal, ed.)”
Brailsford did not reveal the name or organization believe to be behind the theft. The British team has already been under scrutiny over the use of motorhomes for staff, and also Richie Porte at the Giro d’Italia in May – later deemed an unfair advantage by the UCI.