Brailsford looks to weather storm as Tour de France looms

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France

Twelve months on from a frosty and tense press conference in Dusseldorf for the 2017 Grand Départ, Dave Brailsford and Team Sky once again faced difficult questions on Wednesday over their credibility as another Tour de France came into focus. In Germany last July, the central themes that trickled through Team Sky's pre-race press conference involved Jiffy bags, corticoid use and pressure from a DCMS select committee that later criticised the team over its poor record-keeping and use of TUEs to potentially boost performance rather than cure rider illness. This time around, in a hanger on the outskirts of French town Saint-Mars-la-Réorthe, in the Vendée, 25km south of Cholet, Brailsford and Chris Froome faced the media over the clearing of Froome in his salbutamol case . With the ink on WADA's resolution still wet, and as more pieces of the jigsaw are systematically placed with sympathetic members of the media, ...

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