Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 21, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Daily Mail reveals Brailsford tried to kill Wiggins medical package story; Outcome of Brailsford testimony: ‘should pay with his job’; UCI awards Lampre-Merida WorldTour license to UAE Abu Dhabi; Wout van Aert to race on Felt in 2017; Lars van der Haar possible for Heusden-Zolder World Cup; Leif Hoste refusing to pay fine for abnormal blood values; Vicente Reynes announces retirement; Uber admits to self-driving car ‘problem’ in bike lanes; Rolling with Lance Armstrong; Bahrain-Merida unveils team kit; Herne Hill Velodrome crowd-funding campaign surpasses goal; Johanna Jahnke short documentary; Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival.

Outcome of Brailsford testimony: ‘should pay with his job’

by CyclingTips

The Evening Standard’s Simon Barnes writes that the only satisfactory outcome to clean up the mess over the mystery medical package for Bradley Wiggins is for Dave Brailsford to pay with his job. Here is an excerpt:Sir Dave Brailsford (GBR)

Here’s a lesson many people in sport could profit from when dealing with the public: it you’ve done nothing wrong, don’t cover it up. Time after time, it’s the cover-up that gets people into trouble, rather than the mildly embarrassing thing you were trying to conceal.

And if the people in cycling have done nothing wrong — all right, what we mean here is if Brailsford has done nothing wrong — why is he covering up? Did he suggest a deal to the excellent Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail, in exchange for keeping quiet about the Jiffy bag? Sky have announced that they are standing by Brailsford no matter what — my leader right or wrong – but others among us are less gung ho. Some will demand proof of righteousness. But you know how it is when you’ve got someone who does odd jobs for you, and you wonder if there’s something not quite right… nothing you can put your finger on, but is there something ever-so-slightly dodgy going on? You don’t confront, you don’t go to the police, you just go elsewhere next time your drain is blocked. Perhaps that’s what the public will do next time there’s cycling on television.

If we can drag ourselves out of the great bog of pharmaceutical terminology and peripatetic Jiffy bags and the questions about who knew this and who said that, we can look for a high point and look down at this fantastic mess. That’s when we realise that there are only two possibilities that remain.

1. Brailsford is incompetent.

2. Brailsford is unethical.

They’re both sacking offences.

Click through to read more at The Evening Standard.