Lannemezan - Team Sky were facing increased scrutiny at the Tour de France
on Thursday after it emerged that one of their staff members has previously
worked with the disgraced American rider Lance Armstrong.
Team Sky have a zero tolerance anti-doping policy, meaning that all staff
members must sign a statement saying they have never been involved in doping
The British outfit, however, brought Belgian Peter Verbeken onboard as a
'soigneur' (carer) in 2012 and 2013 and he is now manager at their Belgian
Verbeken was also a soigneur with Armstrong's US Postal team in 1999 but has
never been linked with any doping activities.
Sky manager Dave Brailsford, who usually has informal chats with reporters
by the team bus ahead of stages on the Tour, was not available for comment on
Sky have raised a few eyebrows in the peloton after Froome and his team
mates demolished their rivals in the 10th stage, the first mountain finish of
this year's Tour.
Froome insists he had been riding clean, saying on Wednesday he was open to
undergoing physiological tests after the Tour, hoping to put the suspicions to
Although no doping allegations were made, rumours have been flying around on
the Tour, where Sky riders have been accused by some of adopting a heavy-handed
approach to racing.
"The Team Sky riders were very aggressive to find their place in the
peloton, I don't think it's correct. They're stronger than everyone, OK. But
they were elbowing and punching their way to the front," Swiss FDJ rider
Steve Morabito said.