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Chris Froome backs under fire Brailsford, and apologises for Team Sky’s recent conduct

Joseph Delves
13 Mar 2017

Tour de France champion comes out in support of his Team Sky boss

Chris Froome, whose backing for the beleaguered Team Sky principal had been conspicuously absent, has released a statement giving his support for Sir Dave Brailsford. Froome also used the opportunity to apologise for the way the team has handled the recent spate of controversies that have surrounded the squad.

Describing his relationship with Brailsford, which at times has been seen to be fraught, the three-time Tour de France winner said;

'He has supported me throughout the last seven years of my career and I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunities and the experiences I've had.

'By his own admission, mistakes have been made, but protocols have been put in place to ensure that those same mistakes will not be made again.

'He has created one of the best sports teams in the world.'

The rider then went on to voice a sentiment that many feel, and could be a deal breaker for future sponsorship renewals; 'Without Dave B, there is no Team Sky.'

With Sky under scrutiny, both in the media and from a parliamentary select committee into doping in sport, Froome's statement also addressed the recent bad publicity that the team has suffered.

'It disappoints me hugely to see the way in which Team Sky has been portrayed by the media recently. It does not reflect the support crew and the riders that I see around me.'

However, Froome was able to empathise with the feelings of some fans, and went as far as apologising for the way the furore had been handled and how it had refelected on the team.

'I completely understand why people feel let down by the way in which the situation has been handled, and going forward we need to do better. I would like to apologise for this on behalf of myself and the other riders of Team Sky who feel passionately about our sport and winning clean.

'I believe in the people around me, and what we are doing.

'I know it will take time for faith to be restored, but I will do my utmost to ensure that happens, along with everyone else at Team Sky.'