Chris Froome has come to the defence of Sir Dave Brailsford after the Team Sky boss admitted that mistakes were made concerning anti-doping and testing practices.
At the start of March Nicole Sapstead, the chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, told the Media & Sport Select Committee that their investigation into Team Sky was hindered by a lack of records.
They were looking into allegations that a package sent to the team and used to treat Sir Bradley Wiggins contained the banned substance triamcinolone.
Afterwards Brailsford said that some of his staff had not followed “policies and procedures” but he refuted “untrue” assumptions and assertions about the way Team Sky operates.
Following this, Chris Froome, the three-time Tour de France champion, released a statement in which he said that Brailsford has “created one of the best sports teams in the world.”
He went on to say that while everyone accepts that mistakes were made, now protocols “have been put in place to ensure that those same mistakes will not be made again. I know it will take time for faith to be restored, but I will do my utmost to ensure that happens”.
Team Sky, which was launched by Brailsford in 2010, has also reiterated its confidence that there was “no wrongdoing” and that it was “a clean team”.
In his statement Froome said that he has been “hugely” disappointed by the way that the media have been portraying Team Sky and that it isn’t a fair reflection of the support crew and riders.
“At the same time, I completely understand why people feel let down by the way in which the situation has been handled, and going forward we need to do better.”
“I would like to apologise for this on behalf of myself and the other riders of Team Sky who feel passionately about our sport and winning clean. I believe in the people around me, and what we are doing.”