Chris Froome and Sky must stop hiding behind the letter of the law | Richard Williams

Dave Brailsford’s lofty ideals when setting up Team Sky have been exposed under the pressure of top-level competition

To judge from his words the other day, it seems that Dave Brailsford still doesn’t get it. He was talking in a press conference about the business of the abnormally high salbutamol level in a urine sample taken from Chris Froome in Spain last September but not revealed – by this newspaper and Le Monde – until three months later. While re-emphasising his belief that Froome had done nothing wrong, he added that the finding should not have been made public.

But when Brailsford set up Team Sky eight years ago it was on the basis of absolute honesty and openness. We are going to ride clean, he said, and you can watch us do it. He gave every appearance of recognising that his zero-tolerance policy on doping would require the team to be transparent even beyond the letter of the law.

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