Team Sky boss Brailsford defends Wiggins

Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:24pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Dave Brailsford defended Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky on Monday over the 2012 Tour de France winner's use of medical exemptions to receive legal injections of a banned drug ahead of three major races.

"It was not being used to enhance performance," the general manager told the BBC, adding that Team Sky "do not cross the line" when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs.

Brailsford said Sky would seek to be more transparent in future about riders' use of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs).

Wiggins has faced questions over the timing of the medical interventions and his use of a corticosteroid to tackle asthma problems. Details were published by cyber hackers on the website this month.

The data revealed the Briton was given permission to take triamcinolone before the 2011 and 2012 Tours as well as the 2013 Tour of Italy.

TUEs allow athletes to take banned substances for verified medical needs and are signed off by sports federations. There is no suggestion Wiggins broke any rules.

"I have known Bradley a long time and he is an asthma sufferer and he has struggled with allergies for as long as I have known him," said Brailsford.

"I know that at the time there was a recommendation to see a specialist, he went to see a specialist and was then given permission by the authorities.

"I trust and believe in the integrity of that process."   Continued...

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins speaks on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show in this undated photograph received via the BBC in London, Britain September 24, 2016. Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via REUTERS