Team Sky boss Brailsford hits back at UKAD chairman

Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:01pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

ALCUDIA, Mallorca (Reuters) - Team Sky unveiled the sleek black machine they hope will propel Chris Froome to a fourth Tour de France triumph but the contents of a humble jiffy bag was the main talking point as their Mallorca pre-season camp continued under a cloud on Tuesday.

After a handful of media got the low-down on the latest bicycle to roll out of the Pinarello factory - the Dogma F10 -team boss Dave Brailsford was again weighed down by questions regarding the ongoing UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) investigation into a package delivered to Bradley Wiggins six years ago.

Brailsford's appearance in front of a British Parliamentary committee last month, when he was cross-examined about what exactly was in the package which arrived at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine, as well as his team's use of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), failed to dispel suspicions of wrongdoing.

So much so that last week UKAD's outgoing chairman David Kenworthy described the evidence given by Brailsford, together with Team Sky's former head coach Shane Sutton, as "disappointing" and "extraordinary".

Brailsford, who told the Culture Media and Sport committee on Dec. 19 that as far as he was aware the delivery was a WADA-approved flu remedy called Fluimucil, hit back on Tuesday, accusing Kenworthy of double standards.

"I was very surprised he (Kenworthy) came out with those comments," Brailsford, the brains behind Britain's rise to cycling dominance and the Tour de France victories of Wiggins and Chris Froome, told Reuters at the team hotel.

"I think most people would say let's wait until the process has come to a conclusion.

"We were asked to respect that process, which we have. For the chair of that organization (UKAD) to make comments, very interesting comments let's say, saying it's extraordinary, then the only extraordinary thing is that he made the comments in the first place," Brailsford, who complained to UKAD, added.   Continued...

Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford smiles before a training session in Alcudia, on the island of Mallorca, Spain January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo