• January 28, 2023

Under-fire Sir Dave Brailsford backed by Ineos co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Sir Jim Ratcliffe (left), Chris Froome (second from left) and Sir Dave Brailsford (right) helped launch Ineos in 2019

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, co-owner of Ineos Grenadiers, says general manager Sir Dave Brailsford had his support in the wake of Richard Freemans Tribunal.

Freeman was recently found guilty of ordering banned testosterone in 2011 while serving as chief medical officer for British Cycling and Team Sky.

Brailsford, who was working for both at the time, has been scrutinized.

“Unless something happens that shocked me, he will continue to have my full support,” said Ratcliffe.

Former Shadow Sports Minister Clive Efford has called for Brailsford to be suspended.external link until an investigation. Former Team Sky technical director Shane Sutton, whom Freeman insisted on getting the drug to treat a disease, which Sutton denied, but said neither he nor Brailsford knew anything about testosterone.

Brailsford has not yet commented on the Freeman ruling, and there has been no indication of any wrongdoing by him.

“Your antenna starts pinging when you are uncomfortable about something,” Ratcliffe told The Daily Telegraph. “My antenna won’t start pinging when I chat with Dave today. On the contrary.

“I like Dave. I think he’s achieved a lot. He’s a workaholic. I mean, he’s in his trailer at the races 220 days a year, you know?

“I mean, that’s total surrender. To the detriment of his own health and family life. So that’s the side of Dave that I see.”

Jack

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