Tour de France 2017: Team Sky Principal Dave Brailsford says he’s sorry for “bad-mouthing”

Dave Brailsford, the Team Sky principal who engaged a reporter in a war-of-words, has tendered an unreserved apology for his thoughtless act at the ongoing 2017 Tour de France.

In an online video from BBC, Brailsford admitted that he did let himself down during the regrettable incident with a cycling website reporter regarding his team’s performance at the event.

He bared his mind to OJ Borg of 5 Live Sports saying, “We’re in battle mode, but I let myself down.

“It wasn’t very clever. I wouldn’t want my daughter doing that.”

The 53-year-old was the performance director of British Cycling before joining Team Sky in 2010.

I can be a bit stubborn at times,” he confessed to BBC Radio 5 Live

“I went and apologized to the person involved,” he added.

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Brailsford apologized in the aftermath of that misunderstanding which forced him to exclude Chris Froome from taking part in Monday’s media conference.

Froome, 32, won his third Tour title in 2016 although the victory was met with huge criticisms directed at Team Sky and Brailsford.

The famous Team Sky rider is expected to win a fourth title at Tour de France on Sunday. He finished third in the penultimate event on Saturday with a 22.5km individual time trial in Marseille.

Froome is a favorite to the throne, having outclassed all other yellow jersey rivals at the trials. A win for the cyclist will make it his third for a consecutive year.

Chris Froome is the defending champion at this year’s Tour de France event, one of cycling’s Grand Tours and its 104th edition.

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A total of 198 riders were registered for the competitions between 22 rival teams. Each squad has a total of 9 riders, and the average age of the riders is 29.39 years old.

The 2017 Tour de France started its 3,540 km-long race with an individual time trial in Düsseldorf, Germany on 1 July. Spectators are anxious for the final show Champs-Élysées in Paris on 23 July.

Froome won his titles at the 2013, 2015 and 2016 editions of the Tour. However, he’s yet to win a race in the 2017 season prior to the Tour’s kick-off.