David Brailsford: 'Sky are not robots'

Joe Dombrowski and Dave Brailsford our of Oman 2013, stage five

Team Principal David Brailsford said that yesterday's Tirreno-Adriatico stage result proved that Sky's cyclists are not 'robots'. Under rain showers and over climbs touching 27 per cent gradient, Brailsford's leader Chris Froome lost the overall lead to Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).

"People get carried away with the whole machine/robot kind of thing and at the end of the day, they are human beings and they showed that," Brailsford explained. "It's bike racing, exciting, you have to tip your hat to Nibali. He did a brilliant ride."

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