Team Sky Wiggins in Yellow Dr. Geert Leinders in Red
As the world’s top professional cycling race the Tour de France 2012 moves into the real mountain stages a cloud of controversy seems to be hovering over Team Sky. In the race they are doing great, they have Bradley Wiggins leading in the GC and now in the coveted yellow jersey of race leader for 4 days. Then in the 3rd place on the GC they have Chris Froome so performance wise it would take a lot to be in a better position.
But Team Sky are handling the press abysmally and digging a hole vis a vie the reputation of the team. Moreover they are rumblings of discontent in the peleton with leading rider Vincenzo Nibali coming out saying that Bradley Wiggins is showing no respect to Nibali on the road.
There is more to come as the press have questioned Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford about employing Dr. Geert Leinders on an 80 day contract. Brailsford gave this oblique reply – quote – “I positively, 100% say there is no threat of anything untoward since he’s been with us. But there is reputation threat.” What a dopey reply Sky have spent millions on the team yet they do not employ a street wise PR spokesman.
Dr. Geert Leinders has some very negative history in cycling including working with Rabobank when the team was caught up in a doping scandal. Then Dr. Geert Leinders was the doctor who took care of the disgraced serial doper Michael Rasmussen who is a lowlife with a name as tarnished as Floyd Landis in the sport of professional cycling.
This raises a big red flag where one could adorn the flag with lettering like – ‘Who is doping in Team Sky?’
Team Sky Procycling Factfile
2012 UCI status: ProTeam
Sponsor: Broadcast network
Team Nationality: UK
Team Manager: David Brailsford
Directeurs sportifs: Steven De Jongh, Rod Ellingworth, Servais Knaven, Marcus Ljungqvist, Nicolas Portal, Sean Yates
Team Sky Wiggins in Yellow Dr. Geert Leinders in Red…