Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Tour de France winner Wiggins says doping report smears his reputation

Tour de France winner Wiggins says doping report smears his reputation

"They (Team Sky) had at the time the TUE agreement but now we have the evidence that it seems to be organised", added Lappartient.

Phillip had said of the allegations: "Is there any way we can get to the bottom of it?"

Team Sky have responded to comments made by the Union Cycliste Internationale president David Lappartient that an investigation will be launched by the UCI into allegations of "cheating" in the wake of the United Kingdom parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee report into doping.

Lappartient said that it was unlikely that the Froome case would be resolved before the Giro d'Italia in May, which Froome is intending to ride as Team Sky's leader.

But added: "While we have acknowledged past failings, we strongly deny the very serious new allegations about the use of medication to enhance performance, as does Bradley Wiggins".

Team Sky has accused the committee of presenting "unsubstantiated allegations" which it says is "fundamentally unfair to the team and its riders".

The Olympic medallist, who has asthma and allergies, has been accused in a report by MPs of using a medication allowed under anti-doping rules to enhance his performance, rather than just for medical purposes.

Sutton wants him and Freeman to come forward and clear up the inconsistencies that exist between what the DCMS committee heard about the frequency of the cyclist's use of the drug, compared to what Wiggins has said himself.

"When asked directly whether he believed Wiggins" denials, Lappartient took a long pause.

"I am calling for him and the doctor to come forward and tell the truth".

Lappartient seemed to suggest that even a TUE that was granted initially could be re-examined in light of additional findings.

Chris Froome was cycling behind Aussie racer Richie Porte
EUROSPORT1 Chris Froome was cycling behind Aussie racer Richie Porte

But Lappartient, commenting on the report, told the BBC: "If you are using substances to increase your performances, I think this is exactly what is cheating".

The committee published their report into "Combating doping in sport" and the UCI claimed that the report - insofar as cycling was concerned - supported and reinforced their concerns about the potential abuse of TUEs, particularly with respect to corticosteroids. They have the power of investigation.

"I've never seen anything like that". "You have to put this in the context of the time".

Cedric Vasseur, the manager of fellow MPCC team Cofidis, did not hold back when asked about the report's findings on Team Sky.

Team Sky and Wiggins have both issued statements to "strongly refute" the report's conclusions.

He said: "I've been there for eight years, since day one". Freeman and Wiggins say the cyclist was treated some hours later at a training camp - a point Freeman reiterated to Sky Sports following Sutton's interview.

Lappartient said he now wanted the UCI's independent anti-doping division to investigate.

After being repeatedly if Brailsford should resign, Froome eventually responded: "No".

Froome continues to race while fighting to prove his innocence in the background, alongside his legal team but he said he will not let anything deflect his focus from racing.

"I'm not sure we can have a decision before May's Giro d'Italia".

We believe this powerful corticosteroid was being used to prepare Bradley Wiggins, and possibly other riders supporting him, for the Tour de France.

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