UCI welcome report on improving use of TUEs

Tricia Pearson
March 9, 2018

"Team Sky is happy to co-operate with any investigation by the UCI and we would welcome further scrutiny of the Select Committee's report", said the Team Sky statement.

Team Sky and Wiggins have strongly denied the claims and say any medication they have used has been for legitimate reasons and within UCI and World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

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.

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. "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".

"I don't know where that's come from", Wiggins said.

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

"If you are using substances to increase your performances, I think this is exactly what is cheating".

"We have the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), they have the power of investigation". "I can't see how the sport authorities can let it slide".

The UCI updated and strengthened its TUE rules in 2014, requiring a panel of three specialist doctors to approve any TUE. It doesn't matter how much you put the truth in front of their face it makes no difference.

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Froome, preparing for the Tirreno-Adriatico race in Italy, told reporters he had "never seen anything like that" over his eight years at Team Sky. Is it just using the rules?

In an interview with the BBC yesterday, Lappartient expressed his disappointment at the findings of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's "Doping in Sport" report, suggesting this new information could lead to a fresh inquiry.

When asked directly whether Sky had crossed an ethical line, as stated in the MP's report, Lappartient was matter-of-fact.

The former London 2012 chief and double Olympic 1,500 metres champion said: "We've read the report and absorbed it and I did not mislead the committee".

"With particular reference to Team Sky's preparations for the 2012 season, Bradley Wiggins and a smaller group of riders trained separately from the rest of the team", according to the report.

And he has questioned Brailsford's continuing role at the head of the team.

The UCI said they shared the committee's concerns about the use of corticosteroids and the painkiller Tramadol in cycling.

Lappartient repeated his call for a quick resolution to the salbutamol case of Chris Froome, which remains in limbo.

Four-time Tour victor Froome is now locked in a legal and scientific wrangle with the governing body's independent anti-doping unit, the CADF, over an adverse finding for the asthma drug salbutamol at the Vuelta a Espana last September.

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