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Team Sky releases data following doping allegations

Chris Froome says the doping allegations are unfounded and the team have been transparent.

FILE: This file photo shows Great Britain's Christopher Froome celebrating on a podium after winning the 167 km tenth stage of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France cycling race on 14 July 2015 between Tarbes and La Pierre-Saint-Martin, southwestern France. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Today Tour de France enters Stage 17, with team ready to race from Digne le Bains to Pra Loup as their ace hits the Alps.

But the big issue swirling around Tuesday's rest day was Team Sky taking the unprecedented step of releasing all of their data following repeated accusations that Chris Froome's performances, currently in yellow, have been suspect and could point towards doping.

As a result, Team Director Dave Brailsford has called for 'power passports' to be implemented after he was ambushed in a TV attack on France 2 about Froome's data with them saying it's been incorrectly interpreted.

At the same time, Froome said he feels they have done everything in their power now to squash the speculation.

"I feel as a team and for myself personally we definitely trying to be as open and as transparent as possible. I think we've been asked more questions than any other team than I've been asked more questions than any other TT contender and I'd like to think we're answering those questions."

Meanwhile, the British road race champion Peter Kennaugh has been forced to withdraw from the Tour de France, Team Sky said on Monday.

"We can confirm that Pete Kennaugh has sadly been forced to abandon," the team tweeted during the 16th stage, from Bourg-de-Peage to Gap, adding, "we'll have more details in our race report following stage 16".

The withdrawal, understood to be because of illness, is the latest blow for Team Sky, some of whose riders, including race leader Froome, have been attacked verbally and physically on the road following speculation about doping.

Team principal Dave Brailsford said on Sunday that there should be greater security for the riders.

For more coverage on the event visit the Eyewitness News _ Tour de France 2015 portal_.

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