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Bauhaus wins in Abu Dhabi, Bastinelli in Valencia: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

February 24, 2018

Bauhaus wins stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour; Bastinelli wins stage 2 of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana; Kittel: ‘I was just one 1000th of a second too late’; Report: Astana in danger of folding due to financial issues; Viviani believes defence of race lead is unlikely; Brailsford takes up permanent role at Team Sky; Lobato signs for Nippo-Vini Fantini; New 100 mile closed-road event confirmed for UK; Video: Flanders Classics’ theme; Video: 360 degree cameras in the peloton

Brailsford takes up permanent role at Team Sky

by Shane Stokes

Although he has been tainted by several scandals at the team plus his handling of them, Dave Brailsford has been given a permanent role at Team Sky. The news, as reported by the Daily Mail, confirms that the Briton has closed down a private consultancy business worth more than £5 million in order to take up the new role. He previously had been paid as a consultant to the parent company, Tour Racing Limited.

Under Brailsford’s running of the team, the squad has endured turmoil over its employment of doctor Geert Leinders – who was subsequently given a lifetime ban for doping with the Rabobank team – the Bradly Wiggins Jiffy Bag affair and now Chris Froome’s adverse analytical finding for salbutamol.

The Tour winner looks likely to lose his Vuelta a España title and could well face a suspension. These cases have jarred with Brailsford’s insistence when setting up the team that it would be fully ethical and transparent. The Wiggins Jiffy Bag affair and bullying within British Cycling – where Brailsford also previously had a key role – was investigated by a parliamentary select committee. It is expected to announce its conclusions very soon.

Speculation that Brailsford might be forced to leave the team have now been contradicted by the news that he has been made a permanent employee. Asked if the change had anything to do with the planned takeover of Sky by Disney, Sky issued a statement to the Daily Mail saying it would not comment “on the individual salary or contract arrangements of any member of the team.”

The article stated that his company accounts show a loan of more than £25,000 to cycling agent Giuseppe Acquadro. He represents Team Sky signings such as Michal Kwiatkowski and past rider Mikel Landa.

Click through to read the full story at the Daily Mail.

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