Chris Froome says he has "no issues" with leak of his and Bradley Wiggins' medical records by Russian hackers

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Am I bothered? Chris Froome has "no issues" with the leak (Source: Getty)

Chris Froome has "no issues" with the release of his medical files which have been stolen from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) by Russian hackers.

A group of hackers calling themselves the "Fancy Bears" released Wada medical records for reigning Tour de France champion Froome as well as fellow British cycling icon Sir Bradley Wiggins.

There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by either athlete, with the records detailing "therapeutic use expemptions" (TUEs) for otherwise banned substances which are granted to athletes who can demonstrate a medical need via a doctor.

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was also among 25 athletes named in the leak, which follows the exposure of American stars Serena Williams and Simone Biles' TUEs.

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Wada strongly criticised the hack, with director general Olivier Niggli describing it as a "criminal attack" launched in retaliation for the organisation's exposure of Russia's state-sponsored doping programme.

Yet in opposition to Niggli's claim that the exposure will be "very distressing for the athletes" who have been targeted, Froome said the leak simply corroborates statements he's previously made in public.

"I've openly discussed my TUEs with the media and have no issues with the leak which only confirms my statements," said Froome.

"In nine years as a professional I've twice required a TUE for exacerbated asthma, the last time was in 2014."

In June Froome told the media he'd used TUEs for just two weeks in seven years. Sir Bradley Wiggins is yet to comment publicly on the matter.