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by Mark Zalewski
January 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 2017 Vuelta route to start in Nimes, France, with a return to fabled climb l’Angliru; Alison Powers launches amateur racing team with a new approach; Brailsford responds to bullying allegations; Valverde injured on training ride; Kittel speaks out about TUE use; Westra opens up about decision to quit; British Transport Secretary: ‘cyclists are not road users’; Tour of Utah announces host cities, adds ITT; NBC Sports announces 2017 cycling coverage; Behind the scenes with UCI Cyclocross World Championships organisers; POV preview of the UCI Cyclocross World Championship course; Video: Factory CrossArena; Video: Bradley Wiggins’ practices on ‘The Jump.’
Marcel Kittel solidified his position on Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificates in cycling, saying during the QuickStep Floors media event that a cyclist who needs one means he is not well enough to compete. “I think anybody who is really sick, should not use such a certificate,” Kittel said. “And if someone needs it, he must first recover fully from an injury for example, and then return.”
When asked if he thinks the Wiggins controversy will affect his legacy, Kittel said, “The bigger the story gets, the more it will fall back on his career and himself. That’s why I hope that it’s soon over and the story is transparently told to everyone.”
When the story broke last October Kittel had suggested that an athlete who needs a TUE should compete as a parathlete, in an interview with German media.
“If someone has serious asthma, they do not belong in high-performance sport. The Paralympics were introduced so that those with one leg could have the chance to compare themselves against others. It is logical that they would not have a chance against those with all their limbs. But they have the chance to measure themselves against others on the same level. If someone has serious breathing problems, then for me he does not belong in that group, because he needs help.
“Disclosing that is difficult because it involves privacy issues. That is very important in Germany. I believe that athletes generally make themselves very transparent and so you can forestall it all and say, Ok, if someone has a bad asthma attack, then he either can’t be a high-performance athlete because it is chronic, or if it just happens occasionally, then he has to leave that competition. If I crash and break my collarbone, I can also take 100 pain pills, but I am in fact ill and have to abandon the race.”
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