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Arashiro wins Tour de Taiwan, Van Garderen leader for Catalunya: Daily News Digest
Although Bradley Wiggins continues to insist on his innocence, it’s clear that his reputation took a big knock when the British parliamentary select committee concluded that he and other Team Sky riders had used corticosteroids under the cover of the TUE system for performance-enhancing effects. In an opinion piece for The Spectator, Roger Alton has suggested that a big error was made in handing a knighthood to Wiggins and Team Sky Principal Dave Brailsford.
Here’s an excerpt:
The incomparable Roger Bannister, whose passing marks the end of our links with a vanished age of sporting innocence, could have been knighted in 1954, such were his achievements in that year. He was eventually knighted 21 years later, in 1975: he could have been knighted for services to medicine or athletics, or both.
We have started to play fast and loose with knighthoods. Bradley Wiggins and David Brailsford were both knighted at the end of 2012, the year of the London Olympics and Wiggo’s epic win in the Tour de France. Not looking such a bright idea now though. Wiggo and Brailsford are perfect examples of the rule that sports people shouldn’t be knighted while still on active duty. It’s just asking for trouble.
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