Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Froome 'proud' to be in Team Sky despite doping probe

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Kristopher Love | 08 March, 2018, 05:51

Lappartient said the rules around TUEs had been tightened but called for another inquiry to establish whether Team Sky, led by Brailsford, had committed anti-doping rule violations.

"This is malicious. This is someone trying to smear me", Wiggins said.

McQuaid said that the exploitation of grey areas was also a characteristic of British Cycling and cited the example of a crash involving Chris Hoy at the UCI Track World Championships in 2009 and his conversation with British Cycling staff afterwards.

Asked about suggestions of improper conduct in the build-up to the 2012 Tour, Froome said: "I've never seen anything like that, it's not my experience within the team, that that's how the team operates".

"I spoke to Brian Cookson, who was BC President at the time, and said it wasn't acceptable".

Former Team Sky cyclist John-Lee Augustyn told ITV News he is "surprised and disappointed" at the allegations. My axe to grind here is Brad and the doc (Freeman) had a chance to come forward.

The revelation of the UCI's investigation puts further pressure on Team Sky and their manager Dave Brailsford. It should have been them in front of the select committee - not myself and Dave.

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".

"There is no problem there whatsoever".

"Yeah that hurts me actually", Wiggins said.

On Tuesday Sutton told Sky Sports that it was time for Wiggins and former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman to "tell the truth".

(AFP) - Former Tour de France victor Bradley Wiggins says he is the victim of a "malicious" attempt to smear his reputation, vehemently denying he has cheated during his glittering career which also features five Olympic gold medals.

He stepped down as head coach in 2013 but continued to work with the team in a consultancy role until April 2016.

Criticising the parliamentary process, he told the BBC: "I would have had more rights if I had murdered someone than in this process".

"They had at the time the TUE agreement but now we have the evidence that it seems to be organised, ' said Lappartient, adding that at the time the system was 'a little bit simple". Outside of the event, you have to ask them.

He went on to say that it would be "a disaster for the image of cycling" if four-time Tour De France victor Chris Froome rode in this year's race while his doping case was unresolved.

"When you have actually seen him suffer like I have and seen him gasping for breath at the end of a particular effort".

"I call for the doctor and Brad to come forward and answer these questions, they are not for me".

Sutton says he is calling on Wiggins and Dr Freeman to come forward to clear up the inconsistencies between what the DCMS committee heard about the frequency of Wiggins' use of the drug, compared to what the rider said himself on Monday.

Sutton took exception to claims from an anonymous source stating to the DCMS that Wiggins and a group of riders trained separately and used triamcinolone to "lean down".

"I refute that 100 percent".

But the report, corroborated by "confidential material from a well-placed and respected source" about Sky's medical policy from 2011-13, believes the 37-year-old may have been treated with triamcinolone on up to nine occasions over four years.