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by Mark Zalewski
March 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaviria continues strong sprint season at Tirreno-Adriatico; Froome apologises for Team Sky controversy; Pooley says not to judge British Cycling over actions of its leaders; Riders, managers complain ASO has made Paris-Nice too tough; Dumoulin on becoming GrandTour rider; Sagan would be happy to see Boonen win Roubaix; Nibali, team still working on finding their groove; Kreuziger abandons Tirreno, leaving team with four; Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage six highlights; Crazy winds force cancellation of Cape Town Cycle Tour; Commuting can be dangerous.
Following the deafening silence out of Chris Froome last week as his Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford was further enveloped in the growing controversy over the team’s record on doping, the Tour de France champ finally issued a statement that both apologised over how the team has handled the situation and voiced support for Brailsford.
Froome and Brailsford at the 2016 Tour de France.
“It disappoints me hugely to see the way in which Team Sky has been portrayed by the media recently. It does not reflect the support crew and the riders that I see around me,” said Froome. “At the same time, I completely understand why people feel let down by the way in which the situation has been handled, and going forward we need to do better. I would like to apologise for this on behalf of myself and the other riders of Team Sky who feel passionately about our sport and winning clean. I believe in the people around me, and what we are doing.
“With respect to Dave Brailsford, he has created one of the best sports teams in the world. Without Dave B, there is no Team Sky. He has supported me throughout the last seven years of my career and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities and the experiences I’ve had. By his own admission, mistakes have been made, but protocols have been put in place to ensure that those same mistakes will not be made again.”
News reports last week said that some of the Team Sky riders were considering asking Brailsford to step down. Brailsford has stated he will not be stepping down from his post at the team.
“I know it will take time for faith to be restored,” Froome said. “But I will do my utmost to ensure that happens, along with everyone else at Team Sky.”