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by Shane Stokes
October 28, 2017
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The British Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch has criticised Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky for actions she believes has caused fans to lose faith in cycling, referring to scandals which started a year ago. In September 2016 it emerged that Wiggins had been granted TUEs to use the potent corticosteroid triamcinolone before the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France plus the 2013 Giro d’Italia.
This occurred despite Wiggins winning the Criterium du Dauphine in 2011 and 2012, and despite him writing in his official autobiography that he had only ever received injections for vaccinations or saline drips. He also wrote in his biography that he had no health issues in the run up to his Tour de France victory in 2012, a claim he later revised when the corticosteroid use emerged.
He and Team Sky were further placed under scrutiny when it emerged that a mystery package was transported by British Cycling employee Simon Cope from Britain to France in 2011. The team later claimed it was a legal medication, but no proof has been provided of that.
Crouch has called on WADA to launch an international review of TUEs in order to restore public belief. “There is a public interest in it and it’s important to gain confidence back in the system,” she said, according to the Daily Mail. “The last year brought a whole lot of public interest and suspicion.”
Asked if she was referring particularly to the Wiggins case, she answered ‘yes, absolutely. But I think it continued to rumble on throughout the summer. I just think it (a review) would bring back public confidence in the system. We think the time is right for WADA to do it.”
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