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by Mark Zalewski
January 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI amends WorldTour rules for teams, events; Callum Skinner: ‘TUEs distracting from issue of doping’; Kiwi Dion Smith replaces Westra on Wanty Groupe-Gobert; Contador on retirement: ‘race to race and year to year to decide my future’; Many top Dutch riders skipping Amstel Gold Race; Boeckmans honoured at Vuelta presentation; Mathieu van der Poel to miss Sunday’s World Cup; Tickets flying out the door for Cyclocross Worlds; Study finds ‘weekend warriors’ have similar mortality risk as more frequent exercisers; Video: Axeon Hagens Berman team camp; Video: Lossless TV.
Olympic gold medallist Callum Skinner thinks the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) controversy is a distraction in the fight against doping. Skinner was one of the athletes whose TUE certificates was leaked by hackers during the Rio Olympics.
“TUEs have started to gain a bit of a bad name for something that is really about athlete welfare,” Skinner told the BBC. “We’re generally getting a bit distracted by TUEs. We have far bigger challenges in terms of anti-doping with out-of-competition testing.”
The controversy has remained in the spotlight with the investigation by UK Anti-Doping into a medical package sent by British Cycling to Team Sky for Bradley Wiggins in 2011.
Skinner, who has suffered from asthma since childhood, was granted a TUE for the banned substance prednisolone in 2014 and for salbutamol in January 2016.
Marcel Kittel has spoken out against the use of TUEs, saying that athletes who need to use them for chronic conditions should not participate at the top level of a sport.
Click through to read more at the BBC.