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Chris Froome refuses to support Dave Brailsford

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Chris Froome is declining to add his name in support of embattled boss Dave Brailsford as the scandal enveloping the Team Sky continues to worsen.

On Monday night, a number of Team Sky riders took to Twitter to give their support to Brailsford, with the team planning to put out a joint statement of support. However, according to The Telegraph, Froome declined to sign the statement, tweeting only a picture of himself and his son Kellan with a giraffe accompanied by the words: “Enjoying my last few days in #SouthAfrica”.

Meanwhile, his team-mate Geraint Thomas, whose tweet prompted 15 of his fellow riders to offer their support for Brailsford, said it was “annoying” that he and his team-mates had to stand and answer questions when Freeman and Wiggins “can swan around getting on with their lives.”

Dr. Freeman was supposed to give testimony to the British Parliament committee hearing but cited illness for his absence, while the committee said it did not plan to call Wiggins to testify, saying it is not focusing on individual athletes, but rather organisations in its inquiry.