Ex-Sky coach urges Wiggins to explain use of medication

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Sir Bradley Wiggins is facing new claims about his investment in a tax-busting charity.

Describing the findings of the report as "unacceptable", Lappartient said they could "affect the global credibility of the sport".

The delivery has been investigated by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) over allegations the package contained triamcinolone, which, if true, would likely have been a doping violation, as Wiggins was not authorized to take it at that time. "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".

Team Sky say they would welcome a UCI inquiry into the findings of a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee.

"The application for the [TUE] for the triamcinolone for Wiggins, ahead of the 2012 Tour, also meant that he benefited from the performance-enhancing properties of this drug during the race".

The report claimed Sky were using the TUEs to enhance their riders' performance, and not just to treat medical issues.

Bradley Wiggins's alleged abuse of TUE protocols would have been impossible had Team Sky been members of the Movement For Credible Cycling (MPCC), said Jonathan Vaughters on Tuesday.

"They (Team Sky) had at the time the TUE agreement but now we have the evidence that it seems to be organised", added Lappartient.

"Just by a letter of support from the doctor, then it was not so hard to get the TUE, which is something completely different now", Lappartient said.

The 60-year-old accused the unnamed person of having an "axe to grind" with Team Sky. Teams that joined agreed to adhere to voluntary rules around the use of corticosteroids, among other substances.

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"It's sad to see that when Team Sky was launched, I remember- they say "we will be clean, we will win races and be clean, more white than white", he told BBC Sport.

"Team Sky's success came after many doping scandals, including Lance Armstrong", McQuaid said.

'I think we need to know more about all these stories, there are still some grey zones, even in this report.

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. You can't take them seriously if they don't act.

Froome says Sky are "very different" to what was said about them in the MPs' report, a view echoed by Thomas.

Brailsford has remained tight-lipped since the report was published but calls are mounting for him to resign as team principal and even disband the team which he helped to form in 2010.

Sutton, the ex-British Cycling technical director who resigned in 2016 following allegations of sexism and discrimination, told Sky Sports that both Sir Bradley and Team Sky "need to to explain it all to everybody".

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.

"Corporations soon won't want to put their name next to a cycling team", he said.

Landis, who lost the Tour de France title he won in 2006 following a positive drugs test, believes Wiggins should now be suspended and have his 2012 victory stricken from records.