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Unsurprisingly Michelle Cound says she hopes 'demons of the past' won't affect the future of cycling...

Chris Froome's girlfriend has spoken out about the Lance Armstong doping scandal, saying that the hopes the "demons of the past" don't affect the future of the sport.

Unsurprisingly, Michelle Cound, the girl closest to the great young hope for British cycling, says : “I just hope that the demons of the past don’t affect the sport negatively going into the future.

“Things have changed dramatically. I think any rider that dopes nowadays would have to be quite stupid to do so.

“I know how often Chris gets tested. During the Vuelta his blood and urine were tested for five consecutive days. I can’t think of any other sport where the athletes are tested as thoroughly.”

The cycling photographer, originally from Wales, also told Wales Online: “I do hope the sponsors stand by the teams with a zero-tolerance approach to doping, and continue to support the clean, honest riders that aren’t willing to take any short cuts. With that, the sport can only go from strength to strength.”

But having photographed Armstrong herself, Cound admitted that the vast majority of people were duped by him. She said: “There were so many that believed in him, and believed that he was clean. I have come to the disappointing realisation that it was a huge part of professional cycling.

She went on to express her surprise and delight at his Olympic achievements, saying: “I was blown away. I didn’t expect it at all – Chris didn’t either. He doesn’t see himself as a time-trial specialist, so with riders like Cancellara there, he would have hoped to have got top five. He certainly didn’t expect to podium.”

And given the 2013 Tour route, which strongly favours the 27-year-old Froome, it seems unlikely this is last time we will will see him 'podium'.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 3 years ago
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Same sort of thing as everyone else is saying. Only thing could have made this article a favourite.......use one of her raunchy pictures  19

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Paul J [863 posts] 3 years ago
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It doesn't really matter how often he was tested during the Vuelta. That just shows a lack of understanding of what r-EPO doping does - it produces effects that can last for weeks beyond the point where the substance can be detected.

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American tifosi [38 posts] 3 years ago
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We, the fans of cycling, cannot be lulled into a sense of "all's well" in the sport because of what the riders are swearing to. Doping will always be one step ahead of testing procedures. During the previous doping era, riders were test numerous times as well. We all know how that turned out.  3

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Brummmie [58 posts] 3 years ago
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American tifosi wrote:

We, the fans of cycling, cannot be lulled into a sense of "all's well" in the sport because of what the riders are swearing to. Doping will always be one step ahead of testing procedures. During the previous doping era, riders were test numerous times as well. We all know how that turned out.  3

How depressing ! I understand what you're saying and I kind of agree.

A lot of it comes down to trust. For instance, if Contador were to win the Tour this coming year, I for one would be gutted because I don't trust him one bit. I think he's a doper, pure and simple, same with the Schleck brothers.

Sad but true.

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James Warrener [1081 posts] 3 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Same sort of thing as everyone else is saying. Only thing could have made this article a favourite.......use one of her raunchy pictures  19

your wish and all that...

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Gizmo_ [1381 posts] 3 years ago
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I would infinitely prefer it if the headline had been "Cycling Photographer speaks out about scandal" and the note that the lady in question is attached to Froome was a side issue.

As it is, the impression that she's just a cyclo-WAG comes first and then you realise that she probably does know a bit about the sport.

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euanlindsay [82 posts] 3 years ago
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Exactly the same thing occurred to me.

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londonplayer [620 posts] 3 years ago
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when is she posing for Playboy?