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Team Sky riders asked to sign anti-doping pledge

TEAM Sky, home of Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, reiterated their zero-tolerance stance on doping on a day which saw Lance Armstrong become increasingly isolated.

IN the wake of the damning United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report into the activities of Armstrong's United States Postal Service team, Team Sky will ask every rider and staff member to sign a statement to confirm they have never doped.

A statement from the British team read: "There is no place in Team Sky for those with an involvement in doping, whether past or present. This applies to management, support staff and riders.

"Over the coming weeks, we will talk individually with each team member and ask everyone, at every level of the team, to sign up to a clear written policy, confirming that they have no past or present involvement in doping.

"Should anyone choose not to sign up to our clear policy they will have to leave the team, as will anyone who does sign but is subsequently found to be in breach."

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford informed his charges of the policy on the first day of the end-of-season camp.

Canadian rider Michael Barry, who spent three seasons with Sky before retiring last month, was one of 11 riders who testified against Lance Armstrong to USADA after admitting to doping earlier in his career.

Australian Michael Rogers, a key member of Team Sky, worked with disgraced doctor Michele Ferrari, implicated in the USADA report, earlier in his career but also denies using performance-enhancing drugs.