Team Sky welcomes possible new cycling governing body investigation

7 March 2018, 22:26

Team Sky has said it is happy to co-operate with any investigation by cycling's governing body into claims it abused anti-doping rules.

Responding to UCI President David Lappartient's call for a new investigation, the team said it "would welcome further scrutiny of the Select Committee's report".

The two-year report by a committee of MP's concluded that Sir Bradley Wiggins used asthma medication to enhance his performance in the build up to his 2012 Tour De France win.

The report found that Team Sky "crossed an ethical line" by using drugs to allegedly enhance the performance of Bradley Wiggins but did not break World Anti-doping Agency rules.

Team Sky strongly denies the allegations as does Sir Bradley.

Mr Lappartient told BBC Sport that the findings of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee "could affect the global credibility of the sport".

Speaking at the UCI's headquarters in Switzerland, the Frenchman said the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) should use their powers of investigation to "see if there is some violation of anti-doping rules".

He went on to say that it would be "a disaster for the image of cycling" if four-time Tour De France winner Chris Froome rode in this year's race while his doping case was unresolved.

Earlier this week, Sir Bradley issued a strong response to the allegations on Twitter, writing: "I find it so sad that accusations can be made, where people can be accused of things they have never done which are then regarded as facts.

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"I strongly refute the claim that any drug was used without medical need. I hope to have my say in the next few days & put my side across."

Team Sky has accused the committee of presenting "unsubstantiated allegations" which it says is "fundamentally unfair to the team and its riders".

A team statement said: "We welcome any review by the UCI which can help establish the nature of the evidence relied on by the Committee in coming to its conclusions."