Anti-doping critic wants testing on Froome’s son.
Not satisfied with Tour winner Chris Froome’s release of his physiological data, Antoine Vayer now insists that the champion’s new-born son Kellan submit to testing.
“We should establish a physiological baseline as soon as possible. Then, we can track his performance from the earliest point,” said Vayer. “I want to get longitudinal data started right away.”
Vayer, who has been a vocal critic of what he deems Froome’s “suspicious” performances, was adamant that getting benchmark data on Kellan was essential. “Given his genetic inheritance, the probability is high that he’ll be a professional athlete. So we need to get the data now.”
This August Froome went to the GlaxoSmithKline Human Performance Lab in London for a series of tests. Vayer has criticized the resulting data as incomplete and lacking any longer term findings and baselines. He’s not about to encounter the same mistake with Froome’s off-spring.”
“The father should bring his son to my lab for testing immediately. Then we can be sure there is full transparency. Whatever Froome’s son does in sport as he grows up, we will know exactly what is within the realm of possible and what is superhuman,” said Vayer. “Bring me the baby now.”
A source with knowledge of events claims that Froome and his wife Michelle have rebuffed Vayer’s suggestions. “Bayer is a crackpot, a lunatic. Chris knows that and he’s not about to take his week-old baby and hand him over to Vayer,” said Regus Danielson, a neighbor of Froome’s. “Seriously, that guy should be ashamed of himself.”
Sky team manager David Brailsford was also quick to respond to Vayer’s request for Froome’s son. “Where does it end? We’ve answered all the questions, we’ve released all the data, and it’s never enough,” said Brailsford. “I think Vayer needs to see a therapist. He’s a nutter.”
However, Vayer has found support from FDJ’s performance coach Frederic Grappe. “This is not unreasonable. It’s not a long or difficult test. Just a quick VO2 max assessment and some blood work and maybe a few sub maximal efforts,” said Grappe. We can hook him up to a baby bike and see what he can do. He can be home for nap time.”
Frappe’s skeptical point of view was seconded by Wisconsin math teacher Phil Heitz, who has also called into question the data that Fromme provided from his tests at the GlaxoSmithKline Human Performance Lab. “Yeah, I’m mean, they’re related. That’s a scientific fact so let’s be scientific about that.”
Despite Vayer’s belief he can test Kellan, many experts have ruled out the possibility. “It would be next to impossible to gather any performance data from a new-born,” says Dr. Devi Patel, a pediatric specialist at Kingsbury Hospital in London. “What Vayer proposes is simply not feasible. The baby is not even crawling yet.”
Nevertheless, Vayer is adamant that testing should be done as soon as possible. “What does his son have to hide? If the son is clean then there should be no hesitation. Perhaps they have him on some super baby formula — which makes me very concerned,” said Vayer. “I am good with babies — they feel comfortable around me. I just need to hook up a few wires to him, pull some numbers and wattages.”