UCI president calls for investigation into Team Sky

  • UCI president calls for investigation into Team Sky

UCI president calls for investigation into Team Sky

In the interview, Lappartient called for the investigation from CADF, questioned why Sky would not join the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Credible (MPCC), addressed Sky principal Dave Brailsford's continued management of the troubled team, and called, once again, for Chris Froome to self-suspend until his case is resolved.

Lappartient, however, said it would be "a disaster for the image of cycling" if Froome rode the sport's biggest race without his salbutamol case being cleared up.

"We wanted to know how British Cycling, as a national governing body, and Team Sky, as the then team of Sir Bradley Wiggins, ensured that the proper anti-doping procedures were being followed", the report stated.

On Monday a bombshell government report accused Sir Bradley Wiggins, Brailsford and Team Sky of "crossing an ethical line" by asking for therapeutic use exemptions for banned medication they did not really need.

Use of triamcinolone in competition does not breach anti-doping regulations, provided it is granted through the TUE system, but a TUE is not required to take the powerful drug out of competition, and Sapstead wants tighter rules.

Sir Bradley Wiggins has strenuously denied the doping allegations put against him.

When asked if it had damaged his reputation, as claimed by the report, Coe said: "No".

But they are stress hormones created to help the body respond to fight-or-flight syndrome and increase physical ability in a life-or-death fight and that's what cycling is.

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

"They had at the time the TUE agreement but now we have the evidence that it seems to be organised". "The report says he did not cheat, so come forward and tell everyone what you administered, when, and let us put it to bed". "I don't know what the authorities will do about Team Sky", Landis said, "but they kicked me out and took my title for taking steroids [he tested positive for synthetic testosterone], so the same should happen to Wiggins". A mistake is something you've done without an intention to be wrong.

"Those were very different to the TUEs that were cited in the DCMS report", Vaughters said.

The report is a little bit different.

Team Sky and Wiggins have strongly denied the claims and say any medication they have used has been for legitimate reasons and within UCI and World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

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.

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 went on to say that it would be "a disaster for the image of cycling" if four-time Tour De France victor Chris Froome rode in this year's race while his doping case was unresolved. Further, he was asked whether the UCI fears that Team Sky may fold.

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. Because, can you imagine if he's riding the Giro, with spectators crying against him, or if at the end he's disqualified from the Giro? I hope we can have it at least before the Tour de France in July.