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by Mark Zalewski
January 20, 2017
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Bryan Steel, a former teammate of Bradley Wiggins who won two team pursuit medals at the Sydney and Athens Olympics with him, has spoken in defence of the now retired pro as he faces scrutiny over use of Theapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificates and a medical package sent to him during the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.
“Personally, we know Bradley very well and I know that he’s never doped; TUEs, therapeutic use exemptions that allow athletes to take banned substances, are part of the job really and sometimes you have to take medication for coughs and colds,” he said in an interview with Notts TV.
“I used to carry them myself but never used to take them -– I just had them as a precautionary thing really.”
“There was nothing illegal – the British cycling doctor would never allow doping to happen, it’s just a case of maybe he’s got a cough and they can happen all the time in poor weather conditions.
“He may be carrying one just in case the medication was given by the doctor and he’d be carrying that certification just to prove that.”
Click through to read more at Notts TV.