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Lance Armstrong has no legacy - Froome

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Tour de France champion Chris Froome says disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has no legacy after admitting doping.

American Armstrong won a record seven consecutive Tours between 1999 and 2005 after battling cancer, but years later he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong had spent almost his whole career fighting off reports of his cheating, often repeating that he had never failed a drugs test.

Cycling's reputation was left in tatters after Armstrong's admission and Froome himself has had to contend with his three Tour wins being scrutinised.

Froome remains a clean competitor, however, and he says that Armstrong's reputation is in tatters.

"I don't think [Armstrong] has much of a legacy," Froome told Omnisport. 

"I think that disappeared with his Oprah Winfrey interview."

Froome will be going for a fourth Tour title this year, but he does not expect a history of winning to make things any simpler in 2017.

"If anything it only gets harder. I've won three Tours already and it certainly doesn't get easier every year," he said. 

"It's getting harder and my rivals are looking for any way to beat me at this point. I think the route makes it very challenging, making it my toughest challenge of my career to date.

"There's a lot of guys that can win the Tour de France. 

"Romain Bardet is getting stronger every year, he finished second last year too.

"Nairo Quintana is always pushing me in the mountains. Alberto Contador is always going to be a favourite. I'm going to have my hands full that's for sure."

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