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sport news Brailsford in rants at media on Tour de France rest day

The vista across this medieval city was as calming as it was beautiful on Monday but at the Team Sky hotel there was a tense, at one point invective-filled, atmosphere.

In fairness to Sir Dave Brailsford he actually engaged in a candid yet perfectly civilised conversation with some journalists while trying to justify why the international written media were not being granted access to the yellow jersey wearer for the second successive rest day.

There was, however, another four-letter exchange with a reporter from a cycling website, doing little to enhance Sky's already tarnished reputation only a day after Chris Froome was booed by roadside spectators.

Dave Brailsford exchange words with a reporter from a cycling website during the rest day

Dave Brailsford exchange words with a reporter from a cycling website during the rest day

Team Sky have permitted only limited access to Chris Froome during the Tour de France

Team Sky have permitted only limited access to Chris Froome during the Tour de France

Creating such a siege mentality might yet work for Sky going into one of the most fascinating final weeks in Tour de France history, with the five-way battle for the race lead resuming on Tuesday towards Romans-sur-Isere and the Alps.

If Brailsford wants a row that is up to him, even if telling someone to 'stick it up your a***' is a far cry from the sophisticated image he has worked so hard to create.

But it is also the prerogative of reporters to keep asking the same questions until satisfied by

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