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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.
Former champion Emma Pooley was highly critical of Dave Brailsford when he attempted to involve her in an early attempt to explain the details of the mystery medical package at the centre of a UK Anti-Doping investigation. Now, in the light of the leaked draft report into British Cycling, Pooley is again speaking out against Brailsford for presiding over a culture of fear, but told The Times that criticism should be reserved for the leadership, not the organisation as a whole.
“A fish rots from the head,” Pooley said. “The report is pretty shocking, even speaking as someone who gave evidence. But I think, when people criticise, they need to think back to who is providing the leadership and not tar everyone with the same brush.
“Rather than blaming everyone, people need to look at who was setting that culture. It doesn’t mean that everyone in British Cycling is flawed like that.”
Pooley would not say if she thought Brailsford was a bully, but pointed to the larger concept of a culture of fear. “Dave did not lead alone. I’ve had my criticisms [of British Cycling] for years but, back then, when the media thought Dave Brailsford was the best sports coach in the world, everyone thought I was mad.
“I can say with certainty that not everyone who works there is sexist or a bully or runs a culture of fear — absolutely not. But there were differences in how different riders were treated.”
Click through to read more at The Times.