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

Head of UCI calls for Sutton to explain his comments and for a new investigation to be launched

Joe Robinson
8 Mar 2018

Team Sky have responded to calls by UCI president David Lappartient for a new investigation into the Bradley Wiggins jiffy bag scandal by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, saying they 'welcome any review'. 

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.

'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'. We can see in this report that it seems to be a little bit different,' said Lappartient.

"We have the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, they have the power of investigation. I would like them to do this, to see if there is some violation of anti-doping rules,' Lappartient said, adding, 'They had at the time the TUE agreement but now we have the evidence that it seems to be organised.'

The Frenchman also called for clarification over the purpose of the Therapeutic Use Exemption for Triamcinolone used in the lead up to the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine and comments made by former Team Sky coach Shane Sutton for Wiggins to disclose more information to Sky Sports News.

'I think we need to know more about all these stories, there are still some grey zones, even in this report. That's why I saw this morning or yesterday that Shane Sutton asked Wiggins to tell the truth, so what does that mean?' questioned Lappartient.

'It seems that it was a little bit organised, so it's maybe not a mistake but a fault, which is different, because that could affect the credibility globally of our sport and that's why I'm concerned about this.'

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. 

'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,' the statement read.
'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.
'We welcome any review by the UCI which can help establish the nature of the evidence relied on by the Committee in coming to its conclusions.' 
This week's DCMS report into 'Combating Doping in Sport' has rocked Team Sky and British Cycling after it claimed that an 'ethical line had been crossed' in the use of the corticosteroid Triamcinolone and painkiller Tramadol by Team Sky.