London – Bradley Wiggins‘s former coach has urged the
five-time Olympic champion and former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman to
explain their use of therapeutic use exemptions for banned medication.
British lawmakers on Monday admitted that Wiggins, Team Sky
and their principal Dave Brailsford were not guilty of “a violation”
of doping rules, but said their actions in applying for TUEs for triamcinolone
did “cross an ethical line”. All have categorically denied cheating.
Triamcinolone, used to treat asthma, is an anti-inflammatory
steroid that can also help cyclists shed weight without losing power.
Shane Sutton, the former Team Sky head coach and British
cycling technical director, stuck by what he told the Commons digital, culture,
media and sport committee that he felt “what Brad was doing was unethical
but not against the rules” in applying for TUEs for banned drugs.
The Australian, however, says others still have questions to
“I have no axe to grind with Brad,” he told Sky
Sports News. “My axe to grind here is Brad and the doc (Freeman) had a
chance to come forward.
“They had a chance to defend Dave Brailsford and it
should have been them in front of the committee. I am calling for him and the
doc to come forward now and tell the truth.”
“The report is that he (Wiggins) didn’t cheat, so come
forward and tell everybody what you went through, how many times you
administered this particular corticosteroid or whatever to combat what you were
going through, and then let’s just put it to bed,” he added.
Sutton took exception to claims from an anonymous source
stating to the committee that Wiggins and a group of riders trained separately
and used triamcinolone to “lean down” (lose weight).
“I know what training camps I was on with Brad, and for
me that is a total lie and (is from) someone that very much, I would say, has
an axe to grind with Team Sky,” he said.
Sutton also described as “laughable” claims he had
bullied Freeman over the use of TUEs.
“The doctor needs to go in front of the camera and put
everyone’s mind to rest. The doctor was never bullied into anything… for
people to turn around to say (that) is utter nonsense,” he said.
Wiggins, the first Briton to win the Tour de France, in
2012, has said he is the victim of a “malicious” attempt to smear his
reputation, denying the team crossed an ethical line by using the medication.
Team Sky’s current lead racer Chris Froome backed Brailsford
and dismissed claims he was among those treated with corticosteroids in the
Froome is also fighting to prove his innocence after
returning an adverse analytical finding for asthma drug salbutamol during last
year’s Vuelta a Espana.