"Three major TDF contenders staying on Mt. Teide and no out of
competition tests for the past two weeks. Very disappointing," the
Team Sky rider said on Twitter.
Italian Vincenzo Nibali and Spain's Alberto Contador, who was
stripped of his 2010 Tour title after failing a dope test that he
blamed on contaminated meat, have also been training with their
teams on the Spanish island.
The Tour de France starts in Britain on July 5, with Froome, Nibali
and Contador also due to compete in the Criterium du Dauphine next
Froome said it was in all the riders' best interests to be able to
prove they were clean no matter where they trained.
"We're all up here with our respective teams and at the end of the
day we're the ones that have to stand in front of the television
cameras in July and justify performances," the Kenyan-born Briton
told Cycling News.
"The probability is that whoever is in the yellow jersey in July is
going to have to answer questions and if we're not getting tested
that doesn't look good on any of us.
"We're doing everything we can to show that cycling has turned a
page and it's not like it was in the past, but things like this
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Nibali replied to Froome through Twitter to say he had been tested
more than five times in the past month, although at home and not in
The governing UCI is responsible for dope tests and riders must keep
the ruling body informed at all times of their whereabouts.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond)
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