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by Mark Zalewski
March 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Colbrelli wins second rain-soaked Paris-Nice, Démare retains yellow; Team Sky riders consider asking Brailsford to step down; Dr. Freeman to be recalled by Parliament committee for testimony, but no Wiggins; Shane Sutton ultimately undone at British Cycling by mystery medical package?; British Cycling appoints new CEO, Julie Harrington, from Football Association; Michael Schär out with fractured collarbone; Paris-Nice weather taking toll on peloton; Lappartient re-elected as European Cycling Union president; Taxi passenger only given fine for dooring of cyclist, causing death; Cyclist seeking Good Samaritans who helped him after crash; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 2 highlights; On-board footage of Caleb Ewan’s win at Abu Dhabi Tour.
A report by Cyclingnews says that several riders of Team Sky are considering asking team boss Dave Brailsford to step down. This comes after the controversy over the medical practices of the team has heated up in recent days as the British Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport committee hearing and UK Anti-Doping investigation continues to reveal new information.
Dave Brailsford has led Team Sky since its inception in 2009, with four Tour de France victories by two riders over the past five years. However he’s also been responsible for actions, and PR disasters, that have severely undermined the team’s credibility. Is it time for him to step aside? Photo: Cor Vos.
“There is a concern over the impact that this may have on the current season and the distraction it is all causing for Dave Brailsford and the other management,” a Team Sky rider told Cyclingnews under the condition of anonymity. “With a team that is so focused on details, things are starting to slip through the cracks because people’s attentions are elsewhere. No one in the team, currently, is involved in this controversy other than Dave. What’s it going to take for the team to get on with racing?”
However, reactions to the story from inside the team are mixed, with rider Geraint Thomas Tweeting, “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.” His teammate Luke Rowe seconded the sentiment on Twitter.
Team Sky had issued a statement last week, with the usual boilerplate language declaring that it is a “clean team.”
“We abide by the rules and are proud of our stance against doping. Any medical treatment, whatever its status, would only ever be given to a Team Sky rider if it was considered to be appropriate and justified. We have worked hard to put the right governance structures in place and we believe that our approach to anti-doping is rigorous and comprehensive.”
Click through to read more at Cyclingnews.