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by Mark Zalewski
December 23, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI announces reformed points system for 2017 and beyond, will reward more riders in events; Former world champion Petra de Bruin speaks out about years of sexual abuse during her cycling career; UCI approves suspended Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team’s ProContinental license; Former British Cycling coach posts about Brailsford controversy; David Walsh challenged over Team Sky defence; Tour de Langkawi reveals 2017 route despite economic troubles; Thomas De Gendt helps with Tom Simpson memorial; LottoNL-Jumbo presents 2017 team, goals; University to offer student mechanic scholarships; ‘Richmond 24’ short documentary; Team Sky holiday video; Santa gets own cyclocross category.
Sunday Times journalist David Walsh, who was key in exposing the doping programme of Lance Armstrong, is now hearing criticism for his defence of Team Sky over recent years, particularly in the wake of the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) scandal currently embroiling the team and its boss Dave Brailsford. Walsh was interviewed on the radio programme “Off The Ball” on Newstalk about the controversy and the testimony to the UK Parliament.
“This whole story has left a stain on Team Sky that I don’t see it disappearing any time soon,” Walsh said. “They did things that in my view they should not have done.”
Walsh had long said he believed Team Sky was clean, despite others questioning the team’s performances, and even wrote a book with Chris Froome. Host Ger Gilroy put Walsh under pressure for his previous defence of the team. “Do you regret coming out as quickly as you did [in support of the team] … in 2013?”
“I don’t think I came out prematurely. I wrote the piece about Chris Froome and I still believe in him.”
Fellow journalist and former friend had Paul Kimmage criticised Walsh earlier in the year as the leaks of the TUEs came out. Walsh subsequently responded to the criticism.
Click through to listen at Newstalk.