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Froome aiming to restore cycling's image

ESPN staff
December 6, 2013
Chris Froome believes cycling is still dealing with the aftermath of recent drugs scandals © AP

Tour de France champion Chris Froome believes he can successfully retain his crown in 2014, and wants to prove cycling is shedding its association with doping.

Froome enjoyed a memorable victory at the 100th edition of Le Tour, but his triumph was tarnished by constant questions regarding the use of drugs - something the Brit admitted had hit him "quite hard."

With the likes of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador both having titles stripped following recent drugs scandals, Froome believes the sport is continuing to recover from a negative image.

With former Giro D'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca being handed a life ban on Thursday after committing a third career doping offence, Froome wants to use his own performances to restore credibility to cycling's reputation.

"I think we're through the toughest time of it now. It is really a minority of riders breaking the rules now and getting caught, but we are still living in that post-doping era where we are having to deal with a lot of negativity," Froome told BBC Sport.

"I know for a fact some people were dubious about the results I got last [season] and Bradley the year before. I know myself that my results aren't going to be stripped, but it will take time before people will see they are going to stand.

"I'd like to think if I can go back and do it again it will bring some credibility back to the sport."

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