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by Matt de Neef
November 20, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Van der Poel and Cant victorious in round 4 of the CX World Cup; Getting TUEs was a legitimate competitive tactic – Shane Sutton; Nibali and Gaviria expected to headline 2018 Tour of San Juan; Jakob Fuglsang to target the Tour in 2018; Louis Meintjes to switch focus to the Giro d’Italia in 2018; French Army team to fold; 1000 bikes discovered in California bunker; Brawl erupts on Melbourne train over bikes.
Former British Cycling and Team Sky head coach Shane Sutton has added fuel to the flames relating to Bradley Wiggins’ controversial use of corticosteroids, suggesting that acquiring therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) was a legitimate competitive tactic.
“If you’ve got an athlete that’s 95% ready and that little 5% niggle or injury that’s troubling them, if you can get the TUE to get them to 100%, of course you would in them days,” he said, being interviewed for the BBC documentary Cycling’s Superheroes; The Price of Success.
“The business you’re in is to give you the edge on your opponent and ultimately it’s about killing them off. But you definitely don’t cross the line and that’s something we’ve never done.”
Asked if “finding the gains might mean getting the TUE”, Sutton repeated the phrase and then said, “yes, because the rules allow you to do that.”
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