Brailsford: The quicker Lappartient can learn his responsibilities, the better

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

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford has criticised UCI President David Lappartient, accusing the Frenchman of a nationalistic bias and a failure to grasp the responsibilities of his role, instead being stuck in a "local French mayor kind of mentality". Lappartient was elected as the head of the sport's governing body in September, a fortnight after Chris Froome had returned a positive test for salbutamol at the Vuelta a España. A nine-month procedure ensued, played out in public after the news was leaked to the press, and on the evidence so far at the Tour de France , the controversy hasn't cleared despite Froome being absolved on Monday . The UCI issued a statement this week setting out a few more details of the Froome case – though a thorough view of the reasons behind the decision remains absent – and Lappartient has spoken to media at the Tour de France, ...

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