Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 18, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Wiles takes Stage 5 victory in Thüringen from all-American breakaway; Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford lashes out at Cyclingnews journalist; LeMond: Forget loyalty, Landa should go for Tour de France title; Quintana: ‘It’s not easy to go through such pain’; British Cycling faces crisis if reforms aren’t voted through; Simon Spilak renews contract with Katusha-Alpecin through 2019; Video: Onboard footage of bringing Michael Matthews to Tour de France sprint; Video: Bauke Mollema’s son reacts to TV images of father’s Tour de France stage win.

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford lashes out at Cyclingnews journalist

by Neal Rogers

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford lashed out at a journalist on the second rest day of the Tour de France Monday outside Le Puy-en-Velay, telling Cyclingnews.com reporter Barry Ryan he was not welcome at the team’s media event at their hotel.

Team Sky had announced it would host a mixed zone for broadcast media in the morning, before race leader Chris Froome and his teammates went for a rest-day training ride. However numerous print and digital media from several different countries turned up at the team’s hotel, eager to hear what Froome had to say about the Tour de France as there was no rest-day press conference scheduled. Cyclingnews was initially told by the team that they could listen to the three media ‘grabs’ with Froome but not ask questions. However Brailsford walked over to a group of journalists and targeted Ryan, making it clear he was not welcome, saying, “You’re not invited. We have invited the people we want to speak to. You’ve been writing shit about me.”

Last week Brailsford refused to allow Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson to participate in an interview he gave after the stage to Chambery, insisting he move away. On Monday, Brailsford appeared angry about a feature written by Ryan and published on the eve of the Tour titled “Strong and stable? Dave Brailsford’s year of saying nothing.”

When Ryan asked Brailsford what parts of the piece before the Tour de France he considered inaccurate, Brailsford replied: “I’m not getting into that. It was opinion, you write shit. We make ourselves available, we answer all the questions and you write this shit.”

After a heated exchanged, Brailsford said, “You can stick it up your arse,” and walked off. Team Sky refused to make an official comment on the incident.

For more, click through to read the full story at Cyclingnews.com.

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