Team Sky boss Brailsford launches into Irish journalist at Tour de France

Posted on: July 17th, 2017


Team Sky boss Brailsford launches into Barry Ryan 

Dave Brailsford has launched a blistering rant at an Irish journalist during a Tour de France press conference. Above, Brailsford on the 2013 Tour on Mont Ventoux with another Irish reporter, David Walsh (Photo: Pete Goding)


Team Sky boss Brailsford launches into Barry Ryan


It may be a rest day at the Tour de France but that hasn’t stopped Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford launching into an Irish journalist Barry Ryan on the race.

Brailsford tried to stop reporter Ryan from attending the Team Sky press opportunity at their hotel near Le Puy-en-Velay earlier today.

Clearly upset with the coverage Ryan has given the team on, Brailsford accused him of “writing shit”.

According to an account of the incident on cyclingnews, he ended the exchange by telling Barry Ryan to “stick it up your arse”.

Apparently Brailsford took issue with a piece Ryan wrote just before the Tour – ‘Strong and stable? Dave Brailsford’s year of saying nothing’.

Ryan asked him today what parts of the piece he objected to – with Brailsford replying: “It was opinion, you write shit. We make ourselves available… and you write this shit.”

Ryan then compared Brailsford objecting to his presence at the media event to Johan Bruyneel banning Belgian channel Sporza.

Bruyneel is currently banned from cycling for his role in the Lance Armstrong and US Postal doping programme.

Brailsford took exception to this, asking Ryan: “Are you accusing me of running a doping programme as well?”

When Ryan pointed out that UK Anti Doping was examining that allegation, Brailsford told him to “stick it up your arse”.

It’s not the first time Brailsford has clashed with cyclingnews at the Tour.

The website has covered in great detail the controversies of the last year involving Team Sky.

They relate to a jiffy bag delivered to Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky in France in 2011 and the TUEs Wiggins took just before Grand Tours, and related issues.

When Brailsford was being interviewed by Eurosport after stage 9, Daniel Benson of cyclingnews asked if he could record the interview.

Brailsford said ‘no’ and then objected more strongly: “Hey, I’m fucking telling you now,” he said, according to the cyclingnews story at the time.