Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 11, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Leopold König explains his path from Sky domestique to Giro d’Italia contender; Brailsford critcised UKAD chairman for speaking about investigation; Contador says he is happy to be finished with Oleg Tinkov; Velocite company owner alleges patent infringement by Pinarello; Niels Albert criticises elder van der Poel for working on world champs course construction; Athletes blast UCI for short notice on world championships; USA Cycling names cyclocross World Championships team; Christoph Strasser’s Australian record-breaking adventure starts in Perth today; British All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group seeking cyclists involved in traffic incidents; Stephen Hyde on the lead-up to nationals; Euro-cross recap video; Farmer drops pro triathletes like a boss; Fat Bike caught on electric fence.

Brailsford critcised UKAD chairman for speaking about investigation

by CyclingTips

Dave Brailsford responded to the chairman of UK Anti-Doping speaking about the ongoing investigation into what was in the package flown out to Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphiné, criticising him for undermining the investigation. The outgoing chairman of UK Anti-Doping David Kenworth told the BBC that he and his organisation will not give up its investigation until it is concluded.

Dave Brailsford has led Team Sky since its inception in 2009, with four Tour de France victories by two riders over the past five years. However he's also been responsible for actions, and PR disasters, that have severely undermined the team's credibility. Is it time for him to step aside? Photo: Cor Vos.

“The only extraordinary thing, I think, was the chairman of Ukad’s comments the other day when he commented about an ongoing investigation,” Brailsford said in an interview with the BBC at the team’s media day press conference. “As an organisation like Ukad and for the chair to say it is an extraordinary thing – that’s the extraordinary thing in itself.”

Brailsford spoke further about Kenworth’s comments. “Most fair-minded people recognise that if there’s a process in place to try to establish exactly what went on then we should wait till the end of that process, see what the findings are, see where we are at that moment.

“Once that’s all established, then we can move on from there. To try to dive in halfway through and undermine that process is not … for me, I don’t think most fair-minded people would think that was the best way of doing it. I’m not going to get pulled down into the weeds as it were. I’m just going to respect that process, do the right thing and then when that’s concluded we can all move on.”

The interviewer asked Brailsford if he was considering resigning and if he was disappointed to not be backed by his top rider Chris Froome during the investigation, to which Brailsford returned to a general comment he made throughout the interview, that he is proud of what he is doing and confident in the season ahead.

Click through to read more at the BBC.