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Chris Froome uploads incredible ride to Strava; before someone flags it

Team Sky rider logs mammoth ride in South Africa further fuelling the conspiracy theorists

Joe Robinson
29 Jan 2018

Chris Froome (Team Sky) uploaded an incredible 271.65km solo ride to Strava, only for it to be flagged by a fellow user. The four time Tour de France champion made his return to the popular riding tracking site earlier this month, clocking an impressive 1000km within his first week, however this latest ride has seemingly eclipsed the lot.

Entitling the ride 'Empty the tank', Froome averaged 44.8km/h for just over six hours riding a total of 271.65km and climbing 3,485m in the process. This was then subsequently flagged by another user as a 'suspicious activity'.

Surprisingly, despite such an impressive ride Froome only managed to nab five King of the Mountain segments during the ride.

To put this mammoth ride into perspective, the 2017 Liege-Bastogne-Liege, which covered 258km, saw race winner Alejandro Valverde average 40.27km/h, 4km/h less than what Froome manged to ride, and probably solo.

This latest big ride has also fuelled the fire of some conspiracy theorists who believe Froome is attempting to emmulate his condition from the 2017 Vuelta a Espana in order to take a pharmacokinetic test.

The five-time Grand Tour champion currently finds himself embroiled in scandal after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for salbutmaol on Stage 17 of last year's Vuelta.

Froome returned twice the legal limit for the substance and is currently in a battle to overturn the rulling which could result in a lenghty ban and the potential stripping of his 2017 Vuelta title.

One of the avenues in which Froome can prove his innocence is by undergoing a pharmacokinetic study to prove that the abnormal results were down to genetics rather than abuse of the substance commonly used by asthma sufferers.

Before taking this test, some are suggesting that Froome is attempting to replicate the same level of fatigue and dehydration, which can have direct effects on salbutamol levels, therefore taking the test in similar circumstances as to when he originally returned the AAF.

While this theory remains just a theory, it is interesting that Froome has made his riding patterns more public since the scandal broke last December.