Tour de France: Froome can restore cycling's reputation, says father

The Tour champion spent his childhood learning to ride in Nairobi before moving to South Africa as a teenager. Froome's father hopes his son's success can have a positive effect on the sport in Africa.

updated: July 22, 2013 14:47 IST
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London: Chris Froome's father claims the newly-crowned Tour de France champion is the perfect personality to restore cycling's battered reputation.

Froome, 28, became Britain's second successive winner of the prestigious race when he crossed the finishing line in Paris on Sunday, following Bradley Wiggins' success 12 months earlier.

But with the Lance Armstrong doping scandal still fresh in the minds of many, Froome has had to fend off some awkward questions throughout the Tour on the subject of drug cheats, particularly after his victory on stage 15 on top of Mont Ventoux.

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