“We have more signings still to come. So far we’ve signed Alex Dowsett, who’s a great prologue rider and has come through the British system, we have the Spaniards, Xabier Zondo and Rigoberto Uran and Mick Rogers”
So went Team Sky’s Dave Brailsford in an interview with Velonews’s Steve Thomas. It’s in quotation marks, implying these were words were said on the record by Brailsford. Only now Sky are denying this.
It’s not a big deal for me whether Rogers has signed or not (he almost certainly has) and the reason over the revision is apparently that Rogers isn’t allowed to mention a new team until the existing contract with Highroad Sports is up.
Brailsford appears to have prematurely leaked out news of the signing and now he has to retract this. Only instead of admitting the gaff, a simple “whoops”, the Sky press officers are giving an actual denial. Which is tantamount to saying the Velonews journalist has invented the quote, a serious allegation. You don’t win friends in the media this way.
Indeed the text of the Sky press release is confusing, the headline and preamble is a denial… but the attributable quotes are more a longwinded “no-comment”. It’s not the first time Sky have had to rush out a press release out to correct something Dave Brailsford said.
- Keen readers will also note “we have the Spaniards, Xabier Zondo and Rigoberto Uran” yet Uran is Colombian.