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Following a Cyclingnews article that suggested at least some of the riders on Team Sky were considering asking team head Dave Brailsford to step down in light of the allegations involving him, the team and British Cycling, a concerted pro-Brailsford Twitter effort by 16 riders followed, led by Geraint Thomas. However, some the 12 riders who have not publicly voiced any support could be an even louder statement.
It shouldn't even need saying, but we all back Dave B 100%!!! I've known him a long time and I wouldn't want anyone else leading @teamsky
— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) March 6, 2017
Team leader Chris Froome, who is active on Twitter, only posted praise for a dinner he had in South Africa yesterday after the article was posted. Other riders who are normally active on Twitter that have yet to respond include Kenny Elissonde, Sebastian Henao, Beñat Intxaisti and Christian Knees.
The other riders are not regular Tweeters.
The timing of the Twitter campaign by the riders hints at an organised effort, possibly at the suggestion of team management.
Brailsford had previously said at a hearing in December that the mystery medical package at the centre of the inquiry contained a legal decongestant, but that claim has not been corroborated. As well new allegations have come to light as the British Parliament hearing continues.
Click through to read more at The Guardian.