Very prominent during the Tour de France alongside Wout van Aert, Christophe Laporte has a very clear position on doping.
The Jumbo-Visma gets its revenge. Two years after seeing Tadej Pogacar overthrow the Tour de France in the last time trial and deprive Primoz Roglic of a success which seemed to him acquired, the Dutch formation holds its first coronation on the Grande Boucle. A victory that looked like a triumph as the riders of the Jumbo-Visma crushed the race. Thanks to Jonas Vingegaard therefore, but also Wout van Aert, omnipresent throughout the three weeks, and even Christophe Laporte, who saved French cycling from a Tour without the slightest stage victory by raising his arms in Cahors during the 19e stage.
This dominance did not fail to arouse suspicion, with many followers finding it too good to be true. The riders of the Jumbo-Visma have not escaped questions about doping. ” I know that some people don’t believe in our performance. In recent days, there has been a lot of criticism, it’s always the same, the rider who wins the Tour, no one ever believes it. Cycling is struggling to wash its image, it’s unfortunate “, confided the French, necessarily affected by this suspicion.
What about ketones?
“I hear what they say about me: ‘Laporte, he was not advancing and now he is winning the Tour'”, he regretted. Christophe Laporte joined the Jumbo-Visma team last winter after seven seasons at Cofidis. But despite this signing within a Dutch formation which has never joined the MPCC (Movement for credible cycling), the Varois has not left the Movement, remaining committed as an individual. Two other riders of the Jumbo-Visma team are among the members of the MPCC despite the position of the Jumbo: the Belgian Tiesj Benoot and the Dutchman Sam Oomen.
This was the case for Tom Dumoulin for a long time, but the latter left the MPCC at the time of confinement. “The movement claims to be there for the health of the runners, but riding Paris-Nice was the number 1 health risk and that suited them”, he lamented. Above all, “it would be hypocritical to stay there”, he admitted. The fault of the ketones which the Jumbo-Visma uses and which the Dutch rider did not want to do without. And this while the MPCC wants them banned and requires its members not to use them. “Considering that ketones can enhance performance, but also potentially pose a health hazard to runners who use them, due to side effects, this substance poses a problem and will continue to pose a problem even more markedly. in the future if no firm decision is taken”, said the MPCC on the subject. It remains to be seen whether Christophe Laporte respects this commitment or takes advantage of the hypocrisy denounced by Tom Dumoulin…