Saturday July 18th, 2015

Tour de France leader Chris Froome claimed he was struck by a cup full of urine during Saturday's Stage 14—and blamed the media for certain fans' hostility toward him at the race, according to a report from BBC Sport.

“Unfortunately, someone threw a cup of urine into my face and shouted ‘doper’ which is extremely wrong on so many different levels,” he said. 

Recent media reports have speculated that Froome had been doping in the lead up to the race. 

On Thursday, reported Froome's personal training data had been hacked into

“I certainly wouldn’t blame the public for this,” Froome said, according to the Associated Press. “I would blame some of the reporting on the race that has been very irresponsible.

"A lot of the reporting on the race has been very irresponsible - the individuals know who they are,” the cyclist told ITV4. 

"We have had some fantastic support, we've seen a great number of fans in the race and a lot of the media has been fantastic."

Froome's teammate, Richie Porte, said another individual punched him a few days earlier during his climb through the Pyrenees.

Porte suggested journalists may be putting riders in danger by “whipping up all the rubbish that they are,” according to the Associated Press

Former Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven titles for doping. 

Stage 15 of the Tour de France begins Sunday.

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