Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
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Tour de France winner Wiggins says doping report smears his reputation

Tour de France winner Wiggins says doping report smears his reputation

In a brief statement issued on Wednesday, Team Sky has said that they will co-operate with any investigation launched by the UCI or CADF.

Landis said Brailsford had to take ultimate responsibility for any drugs taken by Team Sky cyclists.

An MPs' report says Team Sky "crossed an ethical line" by using drugs allowed under anti-doping rules to enhance performance instead of just for medical purposes.

The report from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee criticised the conduct of British Cycling and Team Sky, and the way in which they have responded to investigations on the ongoing saga. "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". "Certain steroids increase body mass and certain ones decrease it".

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

But the medicine also has performance-enhancing qualities. When asked if he would have won the Tour de France without it in 2012, he replied, "Well, had I had an asthma attack, no, probably not". Some may distrust him because of his drug-taking history even when Landis's testimony about widespread doping in cycling contributed to the downfall of Lance Armstrong.

"I'm 100 per cent sure that there will not be a Sky team at the Tour de France this year", Landis added.

David Lappartient is the president of the UCI. "If I were running a business and wanted to keep its image positive I would have left Team Sky a long time ago". Weeks later, Wiggins went on to claim Olympic glory in the time trial at the London 2012 Games, capping a golden summer for British cycling. I've been in this world.

Car manufacturer Skoda have twice declined to publicly support Wiggins over the report
Car manufacturer Skoda have twice declined to publicly support Wiggins over the report

"All I can remember from that race is...well, not a lot really".

Freeman and Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford have repeatedly denied the claims too and have stated Wiggins was given Fluimucil, a legal decongestant. He is now allowed to race under the rules for "specified substances" such as asthma drugs and is competing in Tirreno-Adriatico. But he was again facing questions about doping following the damning DCMS select committee report.

"Even if it seems that there is no breach of the anti-doping rules, no violation of the anti-doping rules". "I hope we can have it at least before the Tour de France in July because, can you imagine if he's riding the Giro and with spectators crying against him, or if at the end he's disqualified from the Giro - that's something hard for our sport". "I can't see how the sport authorities can let it slide".

If the case is still pending at the start of the Tour, Lappartient says he will ask the team to consider keeping Froome from defending his title.

"If I was in a different team, maybe it wouldn't - but the way the world is at the moment, it's going to come out and people are going to judge me on that".

"I am proud to be part of the team".

"I have no recollection of training with that group, when they were all together".

"It might be unfair, but at the moment that's the only way I can see things becoming a bit more black and white". "Right now I'm here to race Tirreno and I'm focusing on that".

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