Thursday 24 August 2017

Brailsford launches attack on journalist

Brailsford: “You’re not invited.
Brailsford: “You’re not invited." Photo: Reuters/Robert Pratta

Samuel Lovett

Dave Brailsford reportedly launched a verbal attack on a cycling journalist during a Team Sky media event on the second rest day of the Tour de France.

Barry Ryan of cyclingnews.com was allegedly singled out by the 53-year-old who attempted to stop the reporter, a native of Cork, from attending the event, stating: "You've been writing sh*t about me."

According to cyclingnews, Team Sky had announced they would be holding a mixed zone for broadcast media yesterday afternoon ahead of Chris Froome's rest-day training ride.

Print and digital media attended the event and cyclingnews was permitted to listen in to three media 'grabs' before Brailsford confronted Ryan. The head of Team Sky told him that he was not welcome and took issue with a piece written by the journalist before the Tour, headlined: 'Strong and stable? Dave Brailsford's year of saying nothing'.

"You're not invited," Brailsford is reported as saying. "We have invited the people we want to speak to. You've been writing sh*t about me."

When Ryan asked what parts of the piece before the Tour de France he considered inaccurate, Brailsford replied: "I'm not getting into that. It was opinion, you write sh*t. We make ourselves available, we answer all the questions and you write this sh*t."

This follows Sky's decision late last week not to hold a press conference on the first rest day of the Tour as well as reports that Brailsford prevented cyclingnews editor-in-chief Daniel Benson from participating in an interview he gave after the stage to Chambery.

In reference to last week's Benson-Brailsford encounter, Sky's head of communications Ben Wright insisted that "there's certainly no attempt on our part not to engage with the media."

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