Team Sky 'happy to co-operate with UCI' in investigation over 'cheating' allegations

  • Team Sky 'happy to co-operate with UCI' in investigation over 'cheating' allegations

Team Sky 'happy to co-operate with UCI' in investigation over 'cheating' allegations

Lappartient said the rules around TUEs had been tightened but called for another inquiry to establish whether Team Sky, led by Brailsford, had committed anti-doping rule violations.

Lappartient, however, said it would be "a disaster for the image of cycling" if Froome rode the sport's biggest race without his salbutamol case being cleared up.

British Cycling said it welcomed the report, chief executive Julie Harrington calling it "thorough and timely" and adding on the Team Sky situation: "Never again will we allow a situation to develop whereby our independence as the national governing body is called into question because of our relationship with a professional team".

Lappartient addressed the recent report from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, which described Sky's behaviour as having "crossed an ethical line".

The 55-year-old had been discussing recent the recent allegations about Sir Bradley Wiggins, when he confused cyclist Wiggins with The Chase host Walsh.

Lappartient acknowledged that Team Sky acted within the rules to obtain the TUEs, but criticized the team for its practices nonetheless and anxious that the case would damage the sport's credibility.

But they are stress hormones created to help the body respond to fight-or-flight syndrome and increase physical ability in a life-or-death fight and that's what cycling is. "Sky always said that they were whiter than white, that it was all within the rules and down to marginal gains, to diet, pillows and mattresses".

"[Sky] had, at the time, the TUE agreement".

"If you are using substances to increase your performances, I think this is exactly what is cheating".

Members of Parliament concluded that therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) were used by Team Sky to take the corticosteroid triamcinolone, in an effort to prepare them for the 2012 Tour de France, won by Sir Bradley. You can't take them seriously if they don't act. "We can see in this report that it seems to be a little bit different".

Responding to Lappartient's comments, Team Sky released a press release stating that it would back any new investigation into the team's use of TUE from that period while again criticising the select committee report.

Team Sky and Wiggins have strongly denied the claims and say any medication they have used has been for legitimate reasons and within UCI and World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

But added: "While we have acknowledged past failings, we strongly deny the very serious new allegations about the use of medication to enhance performance, as does Bradley Wiggins".

"Furthermore, we are concerned that the committee presented these unsubstantiated allegations without providing evidence to support them, which is fundamentally unfair to the team and it's riders".

He went on to say that it would be "a disaster for the image of cycling" if four-time Tour De France victor Chris Froome rode in this year's race while his doping case was unresolved. Froome returned an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol -twice the legal limit - at the Vuelta a Espana last fall. Further, he was asked whether the UCI fears that Team Sky may fold. "So that's why it's taking some time", Lappartient said.