Lappartient calls for Team Sky investigation, team will 'welcome any review'

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The Frenchman described the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system of the time as "a little bit simple", and called into question the legitimacy of TUEs that were applied for and granted.

Meanwhile, the UCI chief also has four-time Tour de France victor Chris Froome in his sights after the Briton returned an adverse drug test result during his Vuelta a Espana victory in September.

"I can not say I know a lot about Brad's use of it in or out of competition", said Sutton, who was also a former technical director for British Cycling.

International Cycling Union president David Lappartient wants Team Sky investigated "to see if there is some violation of anti-doping rules" after British lawmakers accused the outfit of "crossing an ethical line".

"We consider it important that, regardless of the nationality of athletes and teams, anti-doping rules are enforced consistently and fairly".

The two-year report by a committee of MP's concluded that Sir Bradley Wiggins used asthma medication to enhance his performance in the build up to his 2012 Tour De France win.

He said: "I've been there for eight years, since day one".

"This same source also states that Bradley Wiggins was using these drugs beyond the requirement for any TUE".

The report openly questioned the integrity of Brailsford, a figure who presided over a golden period for British cycling with the rise of Team Sky and United Kingdom success at the Olympics.

Car manufacturer Skoda have twice declined to publicly support Wiggins over the report
Car manufacturer Skoda have twice declined to publicly support Wiggins over the report

"As a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code, the UCI are bound by the current prohibited list", their statement read.

"I've got 100% faith in Dave [Brailsford, Sky's team principal] and the team and they do everything the right way". That's absolute rubbish, I've seen that accusation, but no that's complete rubbish.

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.

UKAD closed that investigation in November, having spent 15 months trying to establish if Britain's most decorated Olympian had been given an injection of triamcinolone by Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman at the end of the Criterium du Dauphine race in June 2011.

Team Sky have told Cyclingnews that they will respond to the UCI if contacted.

Froome refuted those comments earlier this week, saying: "I've never seen anything like that, it's not my experience within the team, that that's how the team operates".

Although Froome turned up with a level of the asthma drug salbutamol double the legal limit en route to winning the Vuelta a Espana almost six months ago, his case is yet to be resolved.

"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 its riders". He continues to race as his case is adjudicated.

In an interview with the BBC yesterday, Lappartient expressed his disappointment at the findings of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's "Doping in Sport" report, suggesting this new information could lead to a fresh inquiry. When asked if he would have won the Tour de France without it in 2012, he replied, "Well, had I had an asthma attack, no, probably not".

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