Froome backs Brailsford but admits Team Sky mistakes

Chris Froome has voiced his support for Dave Brailsford, but acknowledged Team Sky's accountability for errors made regarding anti-doping and medical practices.

The team are currently subject to a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) investigation to establish whether they - and British Cycling - violated rules during the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine when a package was sent to the team doctor from the UK.

Although the team's record-keeping has come in for criticism, principal Brailsford vehemently denied any rules were broken in a letter to Culture, Media and Sport select committee chairman Damian Collins last week.

Brailsford received the backing of a number of Sky's riders, and he can add Froome's name to that list following a widely released statement from the three-time Tour de France winner on Monday.

"It disappoints me hugely to see the way in which Team Sky has been portrayed by the media recently. It does not reflect the support crew and the riders that I see around me," Froome said.

"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.

"With respect to Dave Brailsford, he has created one of the best sports teams in the world. Without Dave B, there is no Team Sky. He has supported me throughout the last 7 years of my career and I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunities and the experiences I've had. By his own admission, mistakes have been made, but 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, along with everyone else at Team Sky."

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