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Dave Brailsford: 'To my knowledge nobody has a TUE'

Peter Stuart
5 Jul 2019

Brailsford says that to his knowledge no Team Ineos rider enters the Tour de France with a TUE, as he discusses prospects for joint leaders

Sir Dave Brailsford has claimed that to his knowledge no Team Ineos riders enter the Tour de France with a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for substances that would otherwise be prohibited.

'To knowledge nobody has a TUE. To my knowledge,' Brailsford said in a press conference ahead of the Tour's Grand Depart in Brussels on Saturday 6th July. He clarified that he was willing to seek clarification from Team Ineos's medical staff. 'We can ask the doctor afterward if you like,’ he added.

The use of TUEs has become increasingly important for Team Ineos' public image, after the DCMS Select Committee determined that Team Sky 'crossed an ethical line' by using potentially performance-enhancing drugs as permitted treatments for medical conditions.

At the Team Ineos press conference Brailsford also spoke about the rehabilitation of Chris Froome and the team's prospects as they enter the Tour with Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas as joint leaders.

Joint leaders

'Nearly always when you have guys of the calibre of these guys there’s a certain debate – what do we think will happen?' Brailsford said.

'Geraint won this race last year, he has a huge amount of experience he has the knowledge and the poise in this event and Egan is at the other end of the scale,' he said. 'Obviously he rode last year, he won Paris-Nice and he’s just come off the back of winning Suisse and with some poise as well at this age.'

He argued that both pursuing victory should improve Ineos' overall prospects. 'If they both recognise that it’s good for either one of them to win, it actually optimises their opportunity to win together rather than sowing tension between then,' he argued.

Froome

Brailsford also updated the media on Chris Froome's current condition, stressing that the rider was recovering but still in the midst of significant injury.

'He left hospital yesterday and was transferred home,' Brailsford said. 'He’s managed to put his feet on the floor for the first time in quite a long time.'

Many of the Team Ineos riders have been in contact with and have visited Froome, Brailsford explained, 'He’s in remarkable spirits for the situation he has found himself in.'

The Tour de France will commence tomorrow morning in Brussels, and by all accounts Team Ineos are the strongest team in contention.