UCI President Lappartient wants investigation into Team Sky

Supported by UCI President David Lappartient has called for the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, an independent arm of the UCI, to open an investigation into the medical practices at Team Sky half a decade ago. The Frenchman described the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system of the time as “a little bit simple,” and called into question the legitimacy … The post UCI President Lappartient wants investigation into Team Sky appeared first on CyclingTips .

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UCI boss calls for investigation into Team Sky allegations

Wiggins and Froome (pic Bettini Photo, courtesy Pinarello)

David Lappartient says claims in Select Committee's report are damaging for cycling, and also calls for speedy resolution to Froome case

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Team Sky dominate Paris-Nice 'race of truth'

Wout Poels (Team Sky)

A defiant Team Sky came out, guns blazing, in the Paris-Nice individual time trial from La Fouillouse to Saint Etienne, swatting away any suggestions of battered morale, as the storm over Monday's DCMS report continues. In what was perhaps the best time trial performance of his career, Chris Froome's climbing lieutenant, Wout Poels , took his first WorldTour time trial stage win to move to within 15 seconds of the overall lead with teammate and defending champion Sergio Henao also turning in a powerful performance. Afterwards, a smiling Poels shrugged off questions about ethics, team morale and the pressure of performing in the current climate. The 30-year-old seemed unconcerned by the furore in Britain over the DCMS report into doping in sport which accused Team Sky of unethical behaviour. "I am just focused on my training and racing," Poels said. "Of course, I support Dave and the team. I hope ...

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BMC celebrate third consecutive Tirreno-Adriatico TTT win

BMC Racing on their way to winning the Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial

The BMC Racing team celebrated a third consecutive victory in the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico , with riders cheering loudly inside the team bus when Team Sunweb failed to beat their time of 22:19. BMC changed three riders in their seven-rider squad compared to 2017, when they beat Quick-Step Floors by 17 seconds. This time they were only four seconds faster than Mitchelton-Scott. Team Sky had set the fastest time after starting second but eventually finished third at 10 seconds. Team Sky had Chris Froome, Jonathan Castroviejo, Vasil Kiryienka, Geraint Thomas and Gianni Moscon in their seven-rider squad. BMC used their power of Rohan Dennis, Stefan Küng, Patrick Bevin and Michael Schar combined with their strength and well-drilled teamwork. "Our secret is 62, that's the speed we had," directeur sportif Max Sciandri joked, happy to win again. BMC's average was actually 57.777km/h. They were a little faster in ...

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Tom Dumoulin: If I was Chris Froome I wouldn't be at Tirreno-Adriatico

Tom Dumoulin wears his rainbow stripes

Tom Dumoulin ( Team Sunweb ) has reiterated his belief that Chris Froome should not be racing while the Team Sky rider's salbutamol case rumbles on. The pair, who are both currently racing Tirreno-Adriatico , are targeting the Giro d'Italia in May, with Dumoulin hoping to win back-to-back titles. Froome's participation in the Italian Grand Tour could well rest on his anti-doping case, which began when he returned a result for over twice the legal amount of salbutamol in a drug test at the Vuelta a España last autumn. Dumoulin and his Sunweb team are part of the MPCC, and under that body's rules Dumoulin would not be racing if he was in Froome's current position. However, Team Sky are not part of the MPCC, and while they are not breaking any rules with Froome's continued participation in races, he and the British team have drawn criticism. "He's not breaking ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Movistar first off in team time trial

Mikel Landa (Movistar) attacks and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) chases during stage 2 at Ruta del Sol

Mikel Landa 's Movistar squad will be the first of 22 teams to start Wednesday's Tirreno-Adriatico stage 1 team time trial. Movistar will roll out for the flat Lido di Camaiore 21.5km stage at 2 pm sharp with five-minute intervals between the 21 teams to follow. Team time trial world champions Team Sunweb are the last team to start at 3:45 pm and are expected to finish at 4 pm. The teams will head out from Lido di Camaiore for 10km on the flat and straight coastal road before making the turn around at Forte dei Marmi. A time check will also be made at the turn point before the teams head back to Lido di Camaiore on the other side of the road. As the teams will be racing on the same road, they will be able to see their rivals on the way to and back from the ...

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Discovering Switzerland: Zermatt

Mountain bike riders looking across to the Matterhorn, Switzerland

A quintessential Swiss Alpine village, Zermatt is the gateway to the iconic and awe-inspiring Matterhorn. As we found, it's also an incredible mountain biking destination – surrounded by 38 peaks, the slopes circling Zermatt offer flowy trails for riders of every skill-level. The post Discovering Switzerland: Zermatt appeared first on CyclingTips .

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McQuaid: Team Sky were misleading people

UCI President Pat McQuaid was  on hand to see the riders off

Pat McQuaid, President of the UCI in 2012 when Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France and a series of other major stage races, has supported the findings of the DCMS report on Combatting Doping in Sport and accused Team Sky of "misleading people." McQuaid was the UCI President until September 2013, when he was ousted by Brian Cookson, and he has had no qualms about criticising Team Sky since leaving his post. McQuaid reiterated his views to Cyclingnews that Team Sky "went further in the grey areas than marginal gains. I think it was going against the ethics of the sport and I disagree with that." Speaking to the BBC yesterday, Wiggins denied any wrongdoing and said, "Not at any time in my career did we cross the ethical line." However, McQuaid dismissed Sky Team Principal Dave Brailsford's repeated assertion that Sky did things "the right way." "The sad ...

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Chris Froome firm in support of Brailsford

Chris Froome answers questions at the Tirreno-Adriatico press ocnference

Chris Froome defended Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford, rejecting claims that the embattled Welshman should resign following a series of accusations in the British Parliamentary Committee report into doping in sport. "I wouldn't still be in the team if I didn't believe in the team and the people around me. Dave B has brought all those people together and we've got a fantastic group of people," Froome said after attending the pre-race Tirreno-Adriatico photo shoot and press conference. Froome also denied the accusation in the British Parliamentary Committee report that a small group of riders used corticosteroids outside of competition to lose weight in preparation for the major races, saying: "That's absolute rubbish, I've seen that accusation, but no, that's complete rubbish." Asked if there was any use of triamcinolone, he said: "No. I've learned about this through the media as well, I wasn't even aware Bradley was using it." ...

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Froome backs embattled Team Sky

Froome backs embattled Team Sky

Froome stands by Sky despite British government report Read the full article at Froome backs embattled Team Sky on VeloNews.com .

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Lack of verdict in Chris Froome case is 'completely grotesque' says Prudhomme

Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme also spoke with Chris Froome

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has reiterated his call for a resolution to Chris Froome 's salbutamol case , and said that it is "completely grotesque" that a verdict has not yet been reached. Froome returned a positive test for salbutamol en route to victory at last year's Vuelta a España, but as salbutamol is listed a specified substance, the Team Sky rider remains free to race pending the resolution of the case. He began his season at the Ruta del Sol and is currently in Italy for Tirreno-Adriatico . News of Froome's positive test broke in mid-December, and as the months pass by, it seems increasingly likely that the Briton might – like Alberto Contador in 2011 – ride both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France while waiting for a verdict on his case. "What we want ardently, like all organisers, is for the UCI to provide ...

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Bradley Wiggins: I can't change the last five years

Bradley Wiggins celebrates his 2012 Tour de France victory on the Champs-Élysées

Bradley Wiggins ' reaction to the indictment of Team Sky in the parliamentary select committee report into doping in British sport was swift, and in marked contrast with the ongoing silence of his former manager Dave Brailsford. Shortly after the report's publication on Sunday night, Wiggins took to social media to refute claims that he had abused the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system en route to winning the 2012 Tour de France. On Monday afternoon, he sat down for a lengthy interview with BBC sport editor Dan Roan , recorded in time for his denial of wrongdoing to be broadcast on the 6pm news bulletin. Wiggins insisted that he was "100% not a cheat" and colourfully complained about how the select committee had reached its damning conclusions about his use of corticosteroids: "I would have more rights if I had murdered someone in this process." The BBC later published the ...

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MPCC calls for rule change in wake of Froome case and Wiggins report

Supported by Responding to Chris Froome’s ongoing anti-doping rules violation case plus Monday’s publication of an investigative inquiry into the use of triamcinolone by Bradley Wiggins, the MPCC has called on the UCI to change the sport’s regulations and to strengthen its rules. Both Wiggins and Froome won the Tour de France with Team Sky, which has … The post MPCC calls for rule change in wake of Froome case and Wiggins report appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Secret Pro: Froome should stay home

I’m sure you’ve seen the report that came out today. It accuses Sky of using powerful corticosteroids not just to get better, but get way better. Better than well, even. I’m sure it’s not over and more is to come. Smoke billows, but there’s still no visible fire. Should we place bets on who from … The post The Secret Pro: Froome should stay home appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France boss Prudhomme demands answers in Froome doping probe

Tour de France boss Prudhomme demands answers in Froome doping probe

The director of the Tour de France is growing impatient and wants to see a final ruling on Froome's anti-doping case. Read the full article at Tour de France boss Prudhomme demands answers in Froome doping probe on VeloNews.com .

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Parliamentary select committee report calls for complete ban on corticosteroids

Parliamentary select committee report calls for complete ban on corticosteroids

Joe Robinson 5 Mar 2018 Select Committee calls for complete ban on corticosteroids and Tramadol following 'Doping in Sport' report The same Select Committee report that slammed Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky for the use of corticosteroids ahead of the 2012 Tour de France has also called for the wholesale ban of the drug. The 'Combating Doping in Sport' report from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has suggested that in consideration of the properties corticosteroids - like the Triamcinolone used by Wiggins on three separate occasions - in terms of performance-enhancement, and the evidence surrounding its application in cycling, that the use of corticosteroids for the treatment of medical conditions should be avoided in sport. 'We believe that WADA should introduce a complete ban on their use,' reads the report. The report then continues to slam the use of Tramadol in cycling stating, 'We were also concerned to ...

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Bradley Wiggins quickly dismisses drug claims in DCMS report

Bradley Wiggins on his way to winning the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine

Bradley Wiggins has refuted claims made in the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee's report into 'Combating Doping in Sport' that he and potentially other Team Sky riders took powerful corticosteroids in order to lose weight and improve performance ahead of the 2012 Tour de France . Wiggins became the first British winner of the race that year but since the 2016 Fancy Bears hack uncovered that he was given three doses of triamcinolone on the eve of three Grand Tours between 2011 and 2013, he has faced serious questions along with Team Sky, and Dave Brailsford. The DCMS report, released on Monday, stated that "contrary to the testimony of David Brailsford in front of the Committee, we believe that drugs were being used by Team Sky, within the WADA rules, to enhance the performance of riders, and not just to treat medical need. "From the evidence that has been ...

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Team Sky 'crossed the ethical line' says select committee in anti-doping report

Team Sky 'crossed the ethical line' says select committee in anti-doping report

Joe Robinson 5 Mar 2018 Report could act as final blow for Team Sky suggesting Wiggins took performance-enhancing drugs to win Tour de France The much awaited government report into 'doping in sport' has suggested that Team Sky and Sie Bradley Wiggins abused Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) for performance enhancing drugs to win the 2012 Tour de France . The report that comes from the department of culture, media and sport select committee will be the biggest blow yet for Team Sky, Bradley Wiggins and British Cycling as it also suggests that the team misapplied the TUE system in order for Wiggins to take corticosteroids in the lead up to his Tour victory. It also contradicts the argument that these powerful drugs were acquired with the sole purpose of treating a medical condition of the now-retired rider. The report reads, ' From the evidence that has been received by the ...

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Wiggins, Brailsford and Sky rocked by report into TUEs and corticosteroid use

Supported by The reputations of Bradley Wiggins, Dave Brailsford and Team Sky have taken a serious knock after the parliamentary select committee looking into possible doping has concluded that the rider plus teammates deliberately misused triamcinolone for performance enhancement. The substance is a powerful corticosteroid which is normally banned, but which can be used in competition with … The post Wiggins, Brailsford and Sky rocked by report into TUEs and corticosteroid use appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tirreno-Adriatico preview

The year’s most loaded startlist! On Lopez, and Climbing I believe that Miguel Angel Lopez is the best climber in the world. Let’s go back a bit. The editor’s draft comes with a chat room. Between picks, the conversation drifts, and is amusing, vulgar, informative, and juvenile by turn. When picks are being made, the heckling starts. Sometimes compliments are given, mostly it is a gentle recognition that we are all clichés of ourselves, picking the same old guys, and that we really could drat each other’s teams at this point. Because of my brilliance* I was picking 21 st and 24 th . There wasn’t much to consider at 21. MAL was still there, and I knew he certainly wouldn’t be by the time we came around to my third pick, at 65 th . I took him. I then heard the most chilling heckle of all, albeit one ...

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