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Froome backs four-year doping bans

ESPN staff
November 20, 2013
Chris Froome visited his former cycling team the Safari Simbaz this week © Getty Images

Chris Froome insists the World Anti-Doping Agency's adoption of four-year bans for drugs cheats will help clean up cycling.

Speaking during a visit to Kenya, Tour de France champion Froome backed WADA over their upcoming switch from current two-year suspensions.

"It is great that WADA plans to extend the ban from two to four years, and that cycling is being taken as leading the way in the fight in anti-doping," said Froome.

"You can only be a professional for 15 years. It is a harsh penalty and that's what we need to see in cycling."

Froome was forced to constantly defend himself from accusations of doping throughout July on the way to his Tour triumph, but understands the questions were inevitable following Lance Armstrong's confession in January.

"It was a very difficult time in the Tour de France. Everybody was asking me ... and people were saying to me you could be doping," said Froome.

"That hit me quite hard, but it was something I expected, because post-Lance Armstrong everyone was asking questions about it and I came to accept it, because I knew it came from the past and everyone putting on the yellow jersey could be asked about doping."

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