Sky reaffirm zero tolerance policy as coach Julich leaves team after admitting doping past
16:27 GMT, 25 October 2012
Team Sky have announced the departure of race coach Bobby Julich after reaffirming their zero-tolerance policy to doping.
American Julich admitted to having taken a banned substance in the late 1990s during his racing career and his two-year spell at the British team has now come to an end.
Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said: 'Bobby has shown courage in admitting to the errors he made long before his time with Team Sky.
Out: Bobby Julich, pictured during his racing days in 2006, will no longer be working at Team Sky
'We understand that this is a difficult step for him and we've done our best to support him.
'It's important to emphasise that there have been no doubts about his work with us or his approach as a coach.
'He has done a good job and been a good colleague during his two years with us. Bobby has our best wishes for the future.
'We've made clear our commitment to being a clean team and been open about the steps we're taking.
'Although it's never easy to part, we believe this is the right thing to do.'
Julich worked closely with Briton Chris Froome, runner-up in the Tour de France to Bradley Wiggins.
Hard line: Team principal Dave Brailsford has said that Julich showed 'courage' in admitting to doping in the 1990s
Necessary: Team Sky rider Chris Froome (right) says that in order for the team to go forward, the likes of Julich are right to leave
Speaking at the launch of the 100th Tour on Wednesday, Froome predicted departures from the British team after Brailsford reiterated the zero-tolerance policy to doping in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.
Froome told BBC Sport: 'That's going to be part of the losses the team has to make to be able to go forward.
'I wish it was that simple for everybody on the team. (But) we have staff and riders who rode in that time (the Lance Armstrong era).'
Brailsford and sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters are in the process of interviewing all riders and members of staff at Team Sky and asking them to sign a statement to confirm they have never been involved in doping.
Stained: Lance Armstrong was finally stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for systematic doping