Team Sky Principal Dave Brailsford has defended the team’s decision to employ a former Rabobank doctor who worked at the Dutch team when it was caught up in doping scandals involving former riders Michael Rasmussen and Thomas Dekker. He added, however, that the British outfit would be investigating the background of the doctor in question, Dr Geert Leinders.
"I categorically, 100 per cent say that there's no risk of anything untoward happening in this team since he [Leinders] has been with us," insisted Brailsford, quoted on Telegraph.co.uk.
"I've seen nothing and neither have the full-time medics. I'd put my life on it,” he continued, adding: “"He's done nothing wrong here, but we have a reputational risk.
"This is not about doping. We're pushing the guys to their limits, so we need to look after them. It's about genuine medical practice," he maintained.
Brailsford went on: "We have had discussions with him and once we've established the facts, we will take the appropriate action."
Leinders, who is not at the Tour de France where Bradley Wiggins is in the maillot jaune with Team Sky colleague Chris Froome lying third overall after the pair posted the two quickest times in Monday’s individual time trial, left Rabobank in 2009.
While he has never personally faced charges in connection with doping, his involvement with Rabobank at a time when riders on the team were involved in doping scandals, plus allegations from a former rider that he helped keep his haematocrit level below the permitted maximum and departure from the Dutch team after it introduced a zero-tolerance approach to doping have been enough to fuel suspicion on internet forums.
Rasmussen was sacked by Rabobank while wearing the maillot jaune during the 2007 Tour de France after it transpired that he had lied to his team about his whereabouts for random drug testing purposes earlier in the year.
Dekker, meanwhile, was revealed in 2009 to have tested positive for EPO from a sample given during the 20