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Tour de France 2014: Chris Froome claims Sir Bradley Wiggins was 'mentally weak' during 2012 win

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Tour winner Chris Froome said three top hopes for this year’s race have not been tested at a training camp

UCI to investigate Chris Froome claim over lack of drug tests

The world governing body has said it will investigate claims made by Chris Froome that he has not been drug-tested during a fortnight at a Tour de France training camp in Tenerife.

Tour de France 2014: Ian Stannard is forced to let body heal and miss place in Chris Froome's title defence

The Team Sky rider suffered a fractured vertebra after a bad crash in April

Tour de France 2014: Ian Stannard is forced to let body heal and miss place in Chris Froome's title defence

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