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Former Team Sky coach Sutton puts pressure on Wiggins to speak out

Former Team Sky coach Sutton puts pressure on Wiggins to speak out

Use of triamcinolone in competition does not breach anti-doping regulations, provided it is granted through the TUE system, but a TUE is not required to take the powerful drug out of competition, and Sapstead wants tighter rules.

Lappartient addressed the recent report from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, which described Sky's behaviour as having "crossed an ethical line".

"We have the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation".

Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins in action during the 2012 Tour de France.

In the interview, Lappartient called for the investigation from CADF, questioned why Sky would not join the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Credible (MPCC), addressed Sky principal Dave Brailsford's continued management of the troubled team, and called, once again, for Chris Froome to self-suspend until his case is resolved.

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

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Team Sky said it took full responsibility for any mistakes that were made, but strongly refuted the claim that it ever used medication to enhance its riders' performance.

"I think if we have no decision of course before the Tour de France I will ask them to reconsider maybe their position and to consider my first proposition", he said.

Team Sky's current lead racer Chris Froome backed Brailsford and dismissed claims he was among those treated with corticosteroids in the past.

Before three Grand Tours Wiggins had obtained therapeutic use exemption forms, effectively a doctor's note, to allow him to take triamcinolone, which would usually be banned.

Lappartient said he now wanted the UCI's independent anti-doping division to investigate.

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

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Meanwhile, Lappartient 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.

"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".

Sutton did, though, question the evidence of an anonymous "well-placed" source who told the committee that Team Sky used triamcinolone to prepare Wiggins and a smaller group of riders for the 2012 Tour.

When asked if Wiggins retained Skoda's unqualified support, a spokesman said: 'We are simply not commenting on the matter'.

But Lappartient, citing the report, told the BBC: "If you are using substances to increase your performances, I think this is exactly what is cheating".

In this case, and 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. "So that's why it's taking some time", Lappartient told the BBC. Because, can you imagine if he's riding the Giro, with spectators crying against him, or if at the end he's disqualified from the Giro?

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