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Former Team Sky rider Nicolas Roche, now with BMC, wrote in The Independent about the current controversy enveloping Team Sky. While he said he never saw anything wrong in his time on the team, he understands why Chris Froome would not back Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford. Here is an excerpt:
As a former Team Sky rider, I already felt obligated to mention the ongoing saga about the team. In fact I would have done it yesterday but I felt Sam Bennett’s fantastic win deserved the spotlight more.
It would make my life a hell of a lot easier if I just put my head down and kept riding my bike, but even though the controversy surrounding Team Sky revolves mainly around the 2011 and ’12 seasons – three years before I joined the team – people obviously want to know what I saw in my time there in 2015 and 2016.
The truth is, in my two years at Team Sky I was never asked to do anything that broke or even bent the anti-doping laws, either legally or ethically.
During the week, it was reported that Chris Froome was one of the riders who refused to sign a statement giving his support of beleaguered team boss Dave Brailsford and, in fairness, I probably would have done the same. If I’ve learned anything from the past it’s that you can’t put your hand in the fire for anyone.
Click through to read more at The Independent.