• Former Tour de France champion Chris Froome revealed that he missed a drug test this year while on a holiday (Getty) (AP)Source: AP
Former Tour de France champion Chris Froome says he missed a drug test this year while holidaying with his wife.
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25 Jun 2015 - 11:58 AM  UPDATED 25 Jun 2015 - 6:57 PM

Froome said he missed the test while staying at an exclusive hotel during a recovery period.

"Yes, I have missed a drug test," he said in a phone interview. "The first morning we were down there, the authorities showed up at seven o'clock in the morning and the hotel wouldn't give them access to our room. They also refused to let them call up to the room."

Froome said he found out about the anti-doping controllers at his hotel later that morning, when he went down for breakfast.

"They said to us, 'Oh, anti-doping guys were here to test you this morning, but it's our policy not to let anyone disturb our clients,"' he recalled.

Froome pleaded he acted in good faith, but admitted he should have let the hotel staff know there was a possibility that he could be tested. Riders need to provide their whereabouts at all times to allow out-of-competition tests.

"That was a hugely frustrating situation for me," the Briton said. "I did appeal it, and try and explain the circumstances to the authorities, but at the end of the day I do take responsibility for that case."

Froome did not specify who requested the test, and whether he had been cleared of wrongdoing. The UCI did not comment on the case and UK anti-doping agency officials declined to confirm whether they requested the test.

The 2013 Tour champion has never failed a doping test, and last year criticised the lack of out-of-competition tests before cycling's biggest race.

He's among the four main Tour contenders this year, alongside Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), and Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

"I've stayed in hotels all over the world and I've been tested in hotels all over the world without any issues at all," Froome, a staunch advocate of strict drug testing said. "Unfortunately, I just didn't see this one coming. It's always the athlete's responsibility to make sure he or she is available for testing."