Chris Froome has not publicly backed Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford ©Getty Images

Chris Froome has not joined other Team Sky riders in publicly supporting the team's principal Sir Dave Brailsford following claims they had discussed his long term position within the organisation.

British Cycling and Team Sky are currently at the centre of a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) investigation into a "mystery package" delivered for cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.

Sir Dave has revealed that he had been told that fluimucil, a decongestant, was delivered to Sir Bradley during the traditional build-up race for the Tour de France.

The product is used to treat coughs and sore throats.

Froome, the team's leading rider and a three-time Tour de France champion, is yet to show any sign of public support for Sir Dave while his teammates jumped to the principal's defence last night.

The 31-year-old appeared to remain silent on the issue, tweeting only a picture of himself having dinner in a South African restaurant where he is currently training.

An article published by Cyclingnews yesterday claimed that a number of Team Sky cyclists had talked about the possibility of approaching Sir Dave and asking him to step down.

"There is a concern over the impact that this may have on the current season and the distraction it is all causing for Dave Brailsford and the other management," a unnamed Team Sky rider told Cyclingnews.

"With a team that is so focused on details, things are starting to slip through the cracks because people's attentions are elsewhere.

"No one in the team, currently, is involved in this controversy other than Dave.

"What's it going to take for the team to get on with racing?"

That notion is far from the comments that Team Sky riders have posted in support for Sir Dave on social media overnight.

Geraint Thomas, part of Team Sky since 2010, was one of those offering his full backing.

“It shouldn’t even need saying, but we all back Dave B 100%," his tweet read.

"I’ve known him a long time and I wouldn’t want anyone else leading Team Sky.”

Peter Kennaugh, the British National Road Race champion in 2015, agreed with Thomas.

"I think all the riders on Team Sky would join me in saying they are completely behind Dave Brailsford" he wrote on Twitter.

Luke Rowe, Owain Doull and Michal Kwiatkowski, the 2014 International Cycling Union Road Race World Championships winner, have also voiced their confidence in Sir Dave.

A host of Team Sky riders took to social media last night to support Sir Dave Brailsford ©Getty Images
A host of Team Sky riders took to social media last night to support Sir Dave Brailsford ©Getty Images

This afternoon, Team Sky has published a document which the organisation claims provides more context around issues relating to the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné race and the steps they have taken since then to strengthen their anti-doping and medical practices.

In a letter to British Parliamentary Select Committee chairman Damian Collins accompanying the document, Sir Dave admits that "mistakes were made by Team Sky" during the period being investigated by UKAD.

"Some members of staff did not comply fully with the policies and procedures that existed at that time," the letter says.

"Regrettably, those mistakes mean that we have not been able to provide the complete set of records that we should have around the specific race relevant to UKAD’s investigation.

"We accept full responsibility for this.

"However, many of the subsequent assumptions and assertions about the way Team Sky operates have been inaccurate or extended to implications that are simply untrue.

"There is a fundamental difference between process failures and wrongdoing.

"Our commitment to anti-doping has been a core principle of Team Sky since its inception.

"Our mission is to race and win clean, and we have done so for eight years."

In the letter, Sir Dave also paid tribute to the members of Team Sky.

"I would like to take this opportunity to say that I have the utmost admiration and respect for the riders and staff at the team," Sir Dave added.

"They are an extraordinarily dedicated and professional group of individuals who have always sought to do things the right way and to win clean.

"It’s why they joined Team Sky."

The document that has been published by Team Sky can be found here.