BMC Racing has confirmed that it has hired former Team Sky race coach Bobby Julich as a consultant, in a move that could lead to a permanent position with the US-registered team. The 41-year-old Julich, who is credited with having helped turn Chris Froome into a genuine Grand Tour contender – Froome himself has been the subject of a rumoured move to BMC in recent days – left Team Sky in October after admitting doping during his racing career.
Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins believes there is a place in cycling for those who have doped in the past but have put it behind them. His remarks, made to Sky Sports News, are at odds with the zero tolerance approach adopted by Team Sky, which led to the departure last autumn of race coach Bobby Julich and sports director Stephen De Jongh.
Team Sky rider Richie Porte has spoken out in support of his teams' zero tolerance approach to employing riders or support staff who have been associated with doping in the past. That policy has led three senior members of the team's backroom staff to leave including Bobby Julich, who had also coached the 27-year-old Tasmanian at his former team, Saxo Bank.
Updated: More departures from Sky "highly likely" admits Dave Brailsford after Bobby Julich confesses to doping
Dave Brailsford has said it is "highly likely" that Team Sky will have to "hurt ourselves" more following confirmation earlier this evening that Bobby Julich, who has worked as race coach with teh team for the past two years, has left the British WorldTour outfit after admitting doping in the late 1990s. The implication by Brailsford, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, is clear - Julich won't be the last to go. The American is the first member of staff to leave the team after it restated its anti-doping policy last week in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.
Team Sky re-states zero tolerance on doping: riders and staff to sign up to "having no past or present involvement in doping"
Team Sky has issued a statement re-affirming its stance on doping and its commitment to winning clean. As part of that commitment each member of the team and its support staff will be required to sign up "to a clear written policy confirming that they have no past or present involvement in doping." However given the recent revelations in USADA's reasoned decision for its sanctions against Lance Armstrong will all those currently part of the Sky set-up be able to sign up?
Bobby Julich, once tipped as a potential winner of the Tour de France, is to join Britain’s Team Sky as race coach, it has been announced.