Friday 28 July 2017

'You’ve been writing s*** about me' - Team Sky cycling chief Dave Brailsford in feisty exchange with Irish reporter

Team Sky manager David Brailsford during yesterday’s rest day. Photo: Reuters/Robert Pratta
Team Sky manager David Brailsford during yesterday’s rest day. Photo: Reuters/Robert Pratta

Samuel Lovett

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

Barry Ryan of cyclingnews.com was allegedly singled out by the 53-year-old who attempted to stop the reporter in question from attending the event, stating: “You’ve been writing s*** about me.”

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

Numerous print and digital media attended the event and cyclingnews was permitted to listen in to three media ‘grabs’ before Brailsford confronted Ryan.

The Team Sky general manager told him that he was not welcome, taking issue with a piece written by the journalist before the Tour, headlined: ‘Strong and stable? Dave Brailsford's year of saying nothing’.

Brailsford singled out Ryan, making it clear he was not welcome, saying: “You’re not invited. We have invited the people we want to speak to. You’ve been writing sh*t about me.”

When Ryan asked Brailsford 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 s***.

“We make ourselves available, we answer all the questions and you write this s***.”

This exchange 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.”

Cycling news commented “Cyclingnews has always strived to cover Team Sky and Dave Brailsford fairly and accurately.

"We have reported on the huge success of the team since 2010 and also the British Parliamentary investigation into the mysterious Jiffy Bag that was couriered by Team Sky at the end of the 2011 Criterium d Dauphine.

"Brailsford has refused to answer questions about that and the on-going investigation into wrongdoing at Team Sky by UK Anti-doping.”

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