Buck Stops With Bradley Over New Revelations

One of those sports that no-one believes can be taken credibly is back in the news for the wrong reasons.

Cycling.

Does anyone believe its clean?

Bradley Wiggins has described an English parliamentary report that has heavily criticised him and the cycling team he used to lead as "sad".

It follows publication of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee's report, accusing the 2012 Tour de France winner and other Team Sky riders of using the drug triamcinolone not for the stated purpose of treating asthma but because it helped them lose weight without compromising power.

This latest chapter in the 'Dirty Cycling' story is like something James Bond creator Ian Fleming would pen.

Except it's real.

The chain of events can be traced back to revelations in 2015 by Russian computer hackers that Wiggins had applied for therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to have injections of the powerful corticosteroid before three of his biggest races, including the 2012 Tour.

That triggered a series of actions which took in a UK Anti-Doping investigation into a claim he was injected with triamcinolone at his last warm-up race before the 2011 Tour without permission - something he and Team Sky have always denied.

It was said instead he was given a legal decongestant via a nebulizer - a claim UKAD has been able to neither prove nor disprove because of a lack of medical records.

Based on new evidence from an unnamed source, as well as written testimony from Wiggins' doctor Richard Freeman and his former coach Shane Sutton, the committee said it did not buy the legal decongestant story and believed the team broke its frequently-cited commitment to only use medication for medical purposes.

In a devastating comment, Sutton told the committee that "what Bradley was doing was unethical but not against the rules".

Wiggins has had his social media say on the revelations and seems to be adopting a Donald Trump style stance.

 

Wiggins and Team Sky are set to fight the revelations in their own PR battle in the coming days but for those watching on, it's a lost cause for a contaminated sport.

The sad thing is, there are so many other global sports in the same category.