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Jul 17

Team Sky’s Sir Dave Brailsford launches verbal attack on cycling journalist

• Sir Dave Brailsford excludes cycling journalist from listening to Chris Froome
• Froome names Colombian Rigoberto Urán as closest challenger for Tour title

Team Sky may be leading the overall standings with Chris Froome but the British squad’s principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, is ruffling feathers with his attitude towards the world’s leading specialist cycle sport website, cyclingnews.com, with whom he has publicly fallen out during the race.

Here, as journalists attempted to glean something from Team Sky’s limited media access on the rest day, Brailsford accused a cyclingnews.com writer, Barry Ryan, of “writing shit about [him]” and told him he was excluded from listening to Froome as the race leader spoke to television outlets. That came after a similar episode with the website’s editor Daniel Benson earlier in the race.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/17/team-sky-sir-dave-brailsford-verbal-attack-cycling-journalist