Wiggins says he is victim of smear attempt


Team Sky have responded to comments made by the Union Cycliste Internationale president David Lappartient that an investigation will be launched by the UCI into allegations of "cheating" in the wake of the United Kingdom parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee report into doping.

Retired cyclist Wiggins, Britain's most decorated Olympian and a five-time gold medallist, told the BBC on Monday that he had "100 per cent" not cheated but Sutton believes a more detailed response is in order. "That is why the MP's report just says they were not breaching the rules".

David Lappartient, president of the world governing body UCI, has said Froome should not be racing.

"I can't see how the sport authorities can let it slide".

"If someone's had a TUE, it's the opposite of doping".

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

Team Sky are also in the midst of challenging a failed drug test by Chris Froome.

"I'm proud to be part of the team".

During his time with Sky, asthmatic Wiggins was granted TUEs to take the corticosteroid triamcinolone, which can treat allergies and respiratory issues, shortly before the 2011 Tour de France, his 2012 Tour win and the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

Describing the findings of the report as "unacceptable", Lappartient said they could "affect the global credibility of the sport".

"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. "That's what we've got to live up to on this team".

The four-time Tour de France victor continues to race while fighting to prove his own innocence.

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The Australian, however, maintains others still have questions to answer.

"They had a chance to defend Dave Brailsford and it should have been them in front of the committee".

The Team Sky lead racer, though, refuted any such association when speaking to reporters in Italy.

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. "We need to have a decision as soon as possible for Chris Froome himself, for his team, for us, for cycling", said Lappartient on Wednesday.

"This is malicious. This is someone trying to smear me. That's all I can do, worry about myself". That is absolute rubbish, I have seen that accusation, but no that is complete rubbish.

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.

Sutton, who gave evidence to the committee a year ago, was also asked about a treatment administered to Wiggins on the team bus after winning the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.

"I am calling for him and the doctor to come forward and tell the truth". Freeman and Wiggins say the cyclist was treated some hours later at a training camp - a point Freeman reiterated to Sky Sports following Sutton's interview. "That's definitely a question for them", the Welshman added. "It's not my experience within the team that that's how the team operates", he said.

But Lappartient said the UCI will launch its own investigation, and made clear that he considers any misuse of TUEs as breaking the rules.

"While we have acknowledged past failings, we strongly deny the very serious new allegations about the use of medication to enhance performance, as does Bradley Wiggins", Sky's statement read.

Team Sky said they were concerned that the Committee had presented "unsubstantiated allegations" without providing evidence to support them, which they said was "fundamentally unfair" to them and their 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'.