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Wiggins: “This is someone trying to smear me.”

Bradley Wiggins has angrily denied taking drugs to enhance performance.

A report into doping by British lawmakers claimed the five-time Olympic gold medallist took powerful corticosteroids for competitive gain, not to treat asthma.

“From the evidence presented, it might appear that Bradley Wiggins may have been treated with triamcinolone on up to nine occasions, in and out of competition, during a four-year period.

“It would be hard to know what possible medical need could have required such a seemingly excessive use of this drug.”

Wiggins maintains innocence

After the report’s release, Wiggins denied any wrongdoing by himself or Team Sky in an interview with the BBC.

What is triamcinolone?

Triamcinolone, also known by brand names Kenalog and Kenacort, is used to treat asthma and eczema.

It is on WADA’s banned list as it helps athletes shed weight without losing power, the holy grail for cyclists.

Triamcinolone can only be obtained by applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) from cycling’s governing body, the UCI.

While Wiggins has operated within the rules, the allegation is that these TUEs were not to treat a medical condition.

Fancy Bears hack

Wiggins was one of several stars named in the Fancy Bears leak of September 2016.

The Russian hackers released details of the Briton’s TUEs for triamcinolone before major races in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

In 2012, Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France before claiming Olympic time trial gold.

Evidence in parliament

The British Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sports committee started hearing evidence in August 2015.

The ‘Combatting Doping in Sport’ inquiry soon had British Cycling and Team Sky under the microscope.

Principal Dave Brailsford and Wiggins’ former coach Shane Sutton were among those interviewed.

One incident attracting interest was the delivery of a package to Wiggins at a race in 2011.

Team Sky claim the jiffy bag contained the readily-available decongestant fluimucil.

The lawmakers said on Monday they found that story “implausible” and suspect the package contained triamcinolone.

Also arousing suspicion was the disappearance of a laptop containing Wiggins’ and other cyclists’ medical records.

Tokyo 2020 goal

Wiggins quit competitive cycling at the end of 2016.

He won his fifth and last Olympic gold in the team pursuit at the Rio Games.

The 37-year-old had already founded his own eponymous cycling team.

Wiggins has since switched his attentions to rowing, training under Olympic champion James Cracknell.

He took part in the British Indoor Rowing Championships last December but an error at the start proved costly.

Despite finishing down in 21st place, Wiggins still has hopes of securing a place at Tokyo 2020.


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