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by Matt de Neef
March 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare triumphs on stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Michal Kwiatkowski solos to victory in men’s Strade Bianche; Elisa Longo Borghini claims thrilling women’s Strade Bianche; Jos Van Emden wins Dwaars door West-Vlaanderen; Adam Yates wins the GP Industria & Artigianato; Yohann Gene wraps up overall victory at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo; Romain Bardet kicked out of Paris-Nice for illegal teamcar assistance; Richie Porte loses time on opening stage of Paris-Nice; Doctors rebelled over drug for Wiggins; Dave Brailsford among Team Sky staff treated with triamcinolone; Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey freeriding in Northwest Arkansas.
The Team Sky/Wiggins/jiffy bag saga rolls on with David Walsh claiming that Team Sky doctors “rebelled” in order to stop Bradley Wiggins receiving the banned substance triamcinalone for a fourth time.
Writing for the Sunday Times, Walsh suggested that Sky doctors “ganged up” against Dr Richard Freeman who, without their knowledge, had obtained three TUEs to allow Wiggins to use the powerful corticosteroid to treat pollen allergies.
“Concerned about his failure to consult,” Walsh wrote, “one of Freeman’s colleagues changed the team’s access password to the TUE application website of the World Anti-Doping Agency. When Freeman asked for the new password three days before the Tour of Britain in 2013, he was denied it.
“Separately, UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) investigators have found evidence that Freeman ordered significant quantities of triamcinolone, a banned drug. Sources have told The Sunday Times that as many as 60 to 70 40mg vials of triamcinolone were bought by British Cycling in 2011. Each of Wiggins’s TUEs accounted for only one vial.”
Follow the link to read more at the Sunday Times.