Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Former Team Sky coach calls on Wiggins to 'tell the truth'

Former Team Sky coach calls on Wiggins to 'tell the truth'

Wiggins and Team Sky were accused in Monday's long-awaited report into doping by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee of using the corticosteroid triamcinolone when he did not have a genuine medical need for it.

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.

The revelation of the UCI's investigation puts further pressure on Team Sky and their manager Dave Brailsford.

UKAD last November concluded an investigation into whether Team Sky violated the anti-doping rules when it arranged to have a medical package transported from British Cycling headquarters to the squad at the Criterium du Dauphine in France by Simon Cope.

"We consider it important that, regardless of the nationality of athletes and teams, anti-doping rules are enforced consistently and fairly".

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.

"Corporations soon won't want to put their name next to a cycling team", he said.

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

The Welshman was a team-mate of Wiggins' for five years at Sky before the latter left in 2015 and, earlier in their careers as track cyclists, the two were part of Great Britain's gold medal-winning team pursuit quartet at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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.

"Just being in Team Sky, if I had one, it's going to come out, it's going to get leaked", he said. "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".

Sutton also denied suggestions from a "well-placed source" quoted in the report who told the DCMS Select Committee that tramcinolone was used by Team Sky for its performance-enhancing benefits.

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. "I just saw the article from a certain [outlet], it said, "You have to tell the truth.' Well, it seems that it was not the truth, if I correctly understand what is behind this". We can see in this report that it seems to be a little bit different, ' said Lappartient.

A team statement said: "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".

He returned an adverse finding for the asthma drug salbutamol at the Vuelta a Espana and is now locked in a legal and scientific wrangle with the CADF about how that happened. "So that's why it's taking some time", Lappartient said.

Landis, who lost the Tour de France title he won in 2006 following a positive drugs test, believes Wiggins should now be suspended and have his 2012 victory stricken from records.

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