Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Lappartient calls for Team Sky investigation, team will 'welcome any review'

Lappartient calls for Team Sky investigation, team will 'welcome any review'

Landis, who lost the Tour de France title he won in 2006 following a positive drugs test, believes Wiggins should now be suspended and have his 2012 victory stricken from records.

"It's not going away; this is the new reality for these guys". And it turns out it was.

Britain's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee claimed Team Sky and Wiggins, a five-time Olympic champion, had used the banned drug not for medical purposes as a treatment for asthma but to enhance performance.

Although UKAD past year declined to find Team Sky violated anti-doping rules and has kept their inquiry closed after the publication of the report, the Select Committee highlighted behaviour from the team that, while technically not in violation of the rules, pushed ethical boundaries.

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.

"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. I would like them to do this, to see if there is some violation of the rules".

Sky said Wednesday that they are "happy to co-operate with any investigation" by thee UCI.

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.

"We have the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, they have the power of investigation". The UKAD was critical of British Cycling and Team Sky's medical practices but could find no evidence they had violated rules. Conveniently, the laptop containing all data relating to the incident was stolen while Freeman was in Greece in 2014.

He said: "I've been there for eight years, since day one". He continues to race as his case is adjudicated. Both have denied wrongdoing, and, unsurprisingly, have come out fighting.

Wiggins, 37, denied that he and Team Sky had crossed an ethical line by using the medication.

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

Sutton said it was unfair to label Sir Bradley as a cheat but called on those involved to clarify the situation amid continued criticism. Brailsford, the figure who presided over a golden age in British cycling, has had his integrity seriously undermined.

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

And what of the response from worldwide organizations and anti-doping bodies? "So that's why it's taking some time", Lappartient told the BBC.

All of this a far cry from the hysteria that has greeted any and every doping suspicion raised over Russian athletes.

"I know what training camps I was on with Brad, and for me that is a total lie and (is from) someone that very much, I would say, has an axe to grind with Team Sky", he said. That "holier than thou" attitude now appears massively misplaced. "If I were running a business and wanted to keep its image positive I would have left Team Sky a long time ago".

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