Chris Froome defended Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford, rejecting claims that the embattled Welshman should resign following a series of accusations in the British Parliamentary Committee report into doping in sport.
“I wouldn’t still be in the team if I didn’t believe in the team and the people around me. Dave B has brought all those people together and we’ve got a fantastic group of people,” Froome said after attending the pre-race Tirreno-Adriatico photo shoot and press conference.
Froome also denied the accusation in the British Parliamentary Committee report that a small group of riders used corticosteroids outside of competition to lose weight in preparation for the major races, saying: “That’s absolute rubbish, I’ve seen that accusation, but no, that’s complete rubbish.”
Asked if there was any use of triamcinolone, he said: “No. I’ve learned about this through the media as well, I wasn’t even aware Bradley was using it.”
‘I can only speak from my own experiences’
Froome arrived early for the official Tirreno-Adriatico photo opportunity and press conference on Tuesday afternoon, waiting in the hotel foyer, happy to sign autographs and pose for photographs.
During the press conference he sat between Fabio Aru and Tom Dumoulin, but he and the Giro d’Italia winner never caught each other’s eye, with Dumoulin’s body language appearing unwelcoming. Dumoulin revealed he was ill and announced he would not stay for the mixed zone interviews. That meant he avoided any questions about Froome’s presence at Tirreno-Adriatico.
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