Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Bradley Wiggins accused of crossing "ethical line"

Bradley Wiggins accused of crossing

David Lappartient wants the UCI's independent anti-doping division to investigate after a damning report published by the digital, culture, media and sport select committee concluded that Team Sky manipulated the exemption system to give Sir Bradley Wiggins a drug to improve his performance before his Tour de France victory.

"We have the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), they have the power of investigation".

Responding to UCI President David Lappartient's call for a new investigation, the team said it "would welcome further scrutiny of the Select Committee's report".

The pressure on Team Sky intensified last night when the most powerful man in cycling demanded an investigation into the doping allegations that have been levelled against them.

Former coach Shane Sutton has urged Sir Bradley Wiggins and ex-Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman to "come forward and tell the truth" after a British Parliamentary report claimed they had crossed an "ethical line" with their use of drugs within the anti-doping rules. Wiggins subsequently won the overall title.

The case relates to a delivery to Team Sky during the Criterium du Dauphine race, which contained medication that was reportedly administered to Wiggins.

Five-time Olympic gold medal victor Wiggins has previously stated that he made use of TUEs merely to place himself "on a level playing field" with other riders.

"However, the UCI have requested, and will continue to request, that the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) take additional steps in relation to corticosteroids and Tramadol".

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

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?

Bradley Wiggins celebrates his Tour de France win

The four-time Tour de France victor said: "I'm proud to be part of the team".

Team Sky has said in a statement that it "takes full responsibility for mistakes that were made", but that it "strongly refutes" the report's claims that medication was used by the team to enhance performance.

"Just being in Team Sky, if I had one, it's going to come out, it's going to get leaked", he said. Teams that joined agreed to adhere to voluntary rules around the use of corticosteroids, among other substances.

Froome says Sky are "very different" to what was said about them in the MPs' report, a view echoed by Thomas. "Sky always said that they were whiter than white, that it was all within the rules and down to marginal gains, to diet, pillows and mattresses".

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

"We welcome any review by the UCI which can help establish the nature of the evidence relied on by the Committee in coming to its conclusions", Team Sky said.

And clearly someone let Phil know his error as he later told viewers after an ad break: "Welcome back".

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

The MPCC was founded during the 2007 Tour de France as a way to raise the ethical bar for riders and teams at the pinnacle of the sport.

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