Wiggins says 'malicious' doping report smears his reputation


Team Sky has said it is happy to co-operate with any investigation by cycling's governing body into claims it abused anti-doping rules.

"[Sky] had, at the time, the TUE agreement".

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

David Lappartient called upon his organisation to conduct further investigations on the controversial British cycling team.

Did Team Sky use drugs for medical reasons or was there a darker goal?

"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", said Team Sky.

We strongly refute this allegation (and) we are surprised and disappointed that the committee has chosen to present an anonymous and potentially malicious claim in this way, without presenting any evidence or giving us an opportunity to respond.

"When you can see that substances were used not for health problems, or with tramadol with strong pain - but to increase your performances then, yes, that's something unacceptable for me and the philosophy we have".

Members of Parliament concluded that therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) were used by Team Sky to take the corticosteroid triamcinolone, in an effort to prepare them for the 2012 Tour de France, won by Sir Bradley. "I wouldn't have stayed so long, I wouldn't still be in the team, if I didn't believe in the team and the people around me".

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

"It's sad to see that when Team Sky was launched, I remember- they say "we will be clean, we will win races and be clean, more white than white", he told BBC Sport.

But they are stress hormones created to help the body respond to fight-or-flight syndrome and increase physical ability in a life-or-death fight and that's what cycling is. They have the power of investigation.

She said: "For the past three years, UK Anti-Doping have made submissions to the World Anti-Doping Agency to see glucocorticosteroids included on the banned list of substances in sport at all times". "Just by a letter of support from the doctor, then it was not so hard to get the TUE, which is something completely different now". It doesn't matter how much you put the truth in front of their face; it makes no difference.

"So you have to put this in the context of the time; the grey zone was too big and it seemed that this grey zone has been used by Team Sky at the time so, is it doping?" Is it just using the rules? The UKAD was critical of British Cycling and Team Sky's medical practices but could find no evidence they had violated rules.

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

There have been calls for Sir David Brailsford to resign from his role as Team Sky's principal following the report, but Froome backed the 54-year-old.

The UCI said they shared the committee's concerns about the use of corticosteroids and the painkiller Tramadol in cycling. Brailsford's lead rider, Chris Froome, is now building a case to defend himself following an adverse sample for the asthma drug Salbutamol returned during his 2017 Vuelta a Espana triumph.

"I think if we have no decision before the Tour de France I will ask them to reconsider maybe their position and to consider my first proposition".