In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Brailsford breaks silence about Wiggins’ TUEs; Froome says he did not know about Wiggins’ TUEs; Dumoulin reacts to Wiggins TUE controversy; Commentary: Jingle Cross was Christmas in September for US cyclocross fans; Serbian rider Dejan Maric dies in road race; Feline extends, Cardoso signs with Trek-Segafrdo; Nibali back from collarbone injury, but to miss Il Lombardia; Cylance adds Willeke Knol and Malgorzata Jasinska for 2017; Boonen, Van Avermaet, D’Hoore lead Belgians at Road Worlds; Dutch announce road worlds team; Bouhanni, Demare for French in Road Worlds; Social media calls new British cycle safety campaign ‘victim blaming’; Zwift sponsors Africa Kit Appeal; Video: Catching up with the woman who went 235km/hr (147 mph) on a bicycle; Katie Compton post-Iowa interview.
Your Tuesday Daily News Digest
Bradley Wiggins went on the Andrew Marr show Sunday to explain his use of the corticosteroid Triamcinolone acetonide during his career with Team Sky. But this has expanded with many looking to Team Sky head Dave Brailsford, with his proclaimed zero tolerance approach and to win the Tour de France cleanly and ethically. Following Wiggins’ appearance, Brailsford spoke out to defend his team and their use of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs).
“If the medical team and UCI say it’s appropriate, I have to trust the integrity of that,” said Brailsford. “For me, if they say it’s appropriate, I take confidence in the chain of people involved in that process
“Did I think at the time with the information I had, did I make a legitimate decision, do the right thing? I did. I don’t think I’d go back and change it. When you see the letter from a specialist saying ‘this is what is recommended’. It’s so clear and concise. And the authorities ‘agree, yes this should be done’. I am not sure I am going to intervene. I have always said ‘guys, you do not break the rules here whatever happens. I’m on record for saying ‘there is a line. You can go up to that line. But you do not go over it. You do not cheat in this team in any way, shape or form.’”
Brailsford continued what Wiggins himself said, that the request for the medication and subsequent TUE came from Wiggins out of a request to treat asthma and allergies. However, critics have pointed out that he had managed his condition without injections prior, and that Team Sky seem to be pushing against anti-doping rules to the point of ethically grey areas.
“We have won many, many races, big races without TUEs. So this whole notion of needing a TUE to perform, or some systematic abuse of the system, is unfounded. And if you want to do something as challenging as what we’re trying to do, with the past this sport has, there are going to be challenges along the way. Times like now are when you have to keep fighting. To make sure our riders are more transparent and our processes are more robust. Because it’s more important than ever.”
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