Originally Posted by Joachim
Sorry, remind me, when were any of those three sanctioned for doping offences? You really don't understand the distinction, do you? Now, David Millar will never get a ride with Sky. Wiggins openly said he didn't want him on the GB road team this year.
Don't let facts get in the way of things.
Sky, at the very beginning, said nobody who had any connection to doping
. Not nobody who had been sanctioned for doping.
Personally, I consider having trained with Michele Ferrari and having been attested as going to the Freiburg clinic along with a bunch of blood dopers on a Tour de France rest day to be a connection to doping. Do you not?
is a discussion with Brailsford from February 2011 where he points out that Team Sky are having to soften their stance as they started out wanting to omit anybody with any association
with doping (his words, not mine). Even then, the article writers drew attention to the fact that Michael Barry probably didn't meet the criteria when he was signed in 2009 when that policy was still in place. He also admits that the hype and bluster they introduced themselves with was a mistake.
There is a difference between not employing anybody who has served a doping suspension, and not employing anybody who has been associated with doping. That's why, if Brailsford were true to his word, Mick Rogers should have had no place on Team Sky, and neither should Sean Yates or Michael Barry. But that policy was increasingly unworkable, and hard to reconcile with some of the targets the team had set, and they had to re-assess.
So don't let facts get in the way of your blithely attacking others for not knowing the facts, when the facts don't actually support your argument, because as Team Sky's original stated policy ran, there should have been no distinction to be made between Mick Rogers and David Millar - both should have been no-nos.