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UCI boss wants to investigate Team Sky after damaging report

UCI boss wants to investigate Team Sky after damaging report

The awkward gaffe happened as Phillip chatted to expert guests Roger and David about whether or not Sir Bradley was an innocent man after a bombshell report by MPs said the Tour de France victor and Team Sky "crossed an ethical line" by using asthma drugs to enhance his performance.

Team Sky have told Cyclingnews that they will respond to the UCI if contacted.

When Team Sky was launched, I remember. they say, "We will be clean, we will win races and be clean, more white than white".

It added that the widespread therapeutic use exemption (TUE) system was open to abuse. This would result in a probable two-year ban and loss of results. These allegations (are) the worst thing to be accused of.

The "jiffy bag" was said to have been for Bradley Wiggins - team principal David Brailsford claimed it contained a legal decongestant - but the team could produce no documentation to support their claims.

Wiggins said this week that he only used prescribed drugs for valid medical reasons and when asked if he categorically denied cheating, added: "A hundred per cent".

Froome has to explain to cycling's world governing body, the UCI, how he returned double the allowed level of legal asthma drug Salbutamol in his urine during his Vuelta a Espana victory in September.

The MPs' concluded that triamcinolone was used to prepare Wiggins "and possibly other riders supporting him" for the 2012 Tour de France.

The delivery has been investigated by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) over allegations the package contained triamcinolone, which, if true, would likely have been a doping violation, as Wiggins was not authorized to take it at that time.

Given the potential seriousness of the matters you have now raised, I am advised that mindful of the background of various investigations which are ongoing, I should not be expected to provide any further comment to you presently.

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Sutton also described as "laughable" claims he had bullied Freeman over the use of TUEs.

"I am told by the doctor he needs a TUE for this event etcetera etcetera".

The report claimed Sky were using the TUEs to enhance their riders' performance, and not just to treat medical issues.

When Bradley Wiggins climbed onto the podium on the Champs Elysees to be crowned victor of the Tour de France on July 22, 2012, it was an iconic moment for British sport.

"The application for the [TUE] for the triamcinolone for Wiggins, ahead of the 2012 Tour, also meant that he benefited from the performance-enhancing properties of this drug during the race".

Wiggins has denied any wrongdoing and yesterday told the BBC: "Not at any time in my career did we cross the ethical line".

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

Another damning line in the report belongs to Sutton, Wiggins' personal coach and long-time confidante.

That conclusion was partly based on evidence from Sutton himself, who told the committee: "What Brad was doing was unethical, but not against the rules".

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?