• Team Sky rider claims media has hyped up story of failed drug test
• Wout Poels retains lead with Froome 28sec adrift after stage three
Chris Froome bristled at the suggestion his first race of the season was providing a mental escape from the fight to clear his name as he maintained seventh place in the Ruta del Sol.
The 32-year-old insisted it was business as usual and confirmed he will do a warm-up race in March as he continues his preparation for the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.
• Doper turned informant Floyd Landis calls marginal gains ‘just great PR’
• Former US Postal rider says ‘zero tolerance’ policy has crumbled
Floyd Landis has launched a stinging attack on Team Sky, claiming the idea of marginal gains and a zero tolerance policy is a facade and “just great PR”. The former American rider who turned informant after testing positive for drugs himself scoffed at possible explanations for Chris Froome’s failed test and expects the fallout to be a death knell for Team Sky after eight years at the top.
Former US Postal Service rider Landis, who won the Tour de France in 2006 before being told of a positive test for testosterone 72 hours later, contributed to the downfall of Lance Armstrong with his testimony of widespread doping in cycling.