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Chris Froome refuses to back Sir Dave Brailsford over drugs questions

• Triple Tour de France winner hedges his bets on Jiffy bag question
• ‘I’ve always been very focused in my stance on doping, on riding clean’

Chris Froome was unwilling or unable to give a firm endorsement of Sir Dave Brailsford despite being repeatedly invited to back the beleaguered Team Sky principal during a 25-minute press conference on Friday.

Brailsford has been under pressure since the revelation in October that Team Sky had taken delivery of a Jiffy bag containing a medical substance at the Criterium du Dauphiné in 2011, an episode now at the centre of an inquiry by UK Anti-Doping into Team Sky and British Cycling. Before a committee of MPs looking into doping in December, Brailsford admitted that he had been “too hasty” in giving an explanation which was shown to be unfounded, and that he had “handled this situation very badly”.

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