Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 9, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Alaphilippe wins Paris-Nice time trial, takes over lead; BMC wins Tirreno-Adriatico TTT opener; Q&A with Axel Merckx: Team’s exclusion from California is ‘unfortunate for development of US cycling’; Froome declines to support Brailsford; Three Sky riders break front wheels in Tirreno-Adriatico TTT, dashing GC plans; Sagan shows up at Tirreno-Adriatico with thumb wrapped; Groenewegen upset over Paris-Nice performance; Gent-Wevelgem to honour Antoine Demoitié; Christian Prudhomme: ASO backs the MPCC; Video shows baggage handlers tossing bike cases from EasyJet plane; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 4 highlights; 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico stage 1 highlights; The Pioneer 2017 highlights.

Froome declines to support Brailsford

by CyclingTips

Team Sky’s GC leader Chris Froome is declining to add his name in support of embattled boss Dave Brailsford as the scandal enveloping the team continues to worsen. While 16 riders posted support for Brailsford on Twitter, led by Geraint Thomas, Froome only posted a Tweet about a dinner he had while training in South Africa. On Tuesday he only posted a Tweet showing him visiting a zoo with his son, with no mentions of the team or Brailsford.

Froome has kept a distance over the controversy surround former teammate Bradley Wiggins and his use of the corticosteroid Triamcinolone acetonide, claiming that he did not know about Wiggins’ Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

The Telegraph reports that the three-time Tour de France champion was asked to sign a joint statement which the team intended to issue on Tuesday.

The report also quoted Geraint Thomas criticising both Wiggins and the doctor at the centre of the controversy, Richard Freeman, who have not had to answer questions in the case, saying the pair “can swan around getting on with their lives” while he had his teammates are forced to deal with the fallout.

Dr. Freeman was supposed to give testimony to the British Parliament committee hearing but cited illness for his absence, while the committee said it did not plan to call Wiggins to testify, saying it is not focusing on individual athletes, but rather organisations in its inquiry.

Click through to read more at The Telegraph.