Wiggins says 'malicious' doping report smears his reputation

Sir Bradley Wiggins denies any wrongdoing in either his tax affairs or use of medication as a cyclist. But the Labour MP Margaret Hodge says that he invested money in a “clearly unsavoury scheme”

Team Sky and Wiggins have denied using TUEs for anything other than medical need.

In an interview with the BBC, Lappartient noted the report and suggested that the CADF should look into its findings.

"Even if it seems that there is no breach of the anti-doping rules, no violation of the anti-doping rules".

The American, a one-time doper turned informant, delivered a scathing assessment of Wiggins and the Team Sky principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, who remained silent amid further calls for his resignation.

Responding to Lappartient's comments, Team Sky released a press release stating that it would back any new investigation into the team's use of TUE from that period while again criticising the select committee report.

The report, which was three years in the making, set out a detailed analysis of British Cycling and Team Sky.

PHILLIP Schofield has left This Morning viewers in stitches after mistakenly calling Sir Bradley Wiggins "Sir Bradley Walsh" during an intense interview. The UKAD was critical of British Cycling and Team Sky's medical practices but could find no evidence they had violated rules. "It's 100 per cent performance enhancing", the American told the Guardian.

Lappartient said the report had the power to affect the sport's credibility. It doesn't matter how much you put the truth in front of their face it makes no difference. Is it just using the rules? "That would be a disaster for the image of cycling", Lappartient said. You can't take them seriously if they don't act. The report is a little bit different.

The former London 2012 chief and double Olympic 1,500 metres champion said: "We've read the report and absorbed it and I did not mislead the committee".

Wiggins has categorically denied cheating and has always maintained that he required the anti-inflammatory steroid triamcinolone to treat asthma and pollen allergies.

'Furthermore, we are concerned that the Committee presented these unsubstantiated allegations without providing evidence to support them, which 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.

Four-time Tour victor Froome is now locked in a legal and scientific wrangle with the governing body's independent anti-doping unit, the CADF, over an adverse finding for the asthma drug salbutamol at the Vuelta a Espana last September. He is preparing for the Tirreno-Adriatico race in Italy, his second competition since news of his adverse drug test was made public. Team Sky maintained it contained the legal decongestant fluimucil and not triamcinolone, as was alleged. On top of the Froome case you put it all together and the only people who are going to try to defend Team Sky are people who still believe Donald Trump. "So that's why it's taking some time", Lappartient told the BBC. Asked whether he was part of the Team Sky riders prepared the same way as Wiggins for the 2012 Tour de France, Froome replied: "No".

Landis said Wiggins would definitely have benefited from the substance. 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".



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