UCI boss wants Sky probe after 'unacceptable' doping report findings

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Wiggins said he had adhered to the rules in place at the time and had been granted permission by the UCI, pro cycling's governing body, to take the drug.

Lappartient, however, said it would be "a disaster for the image of cycling" if Froome rode the sport's biggest race without his salbutamol case being cleared up.

UCI President David Lappartient has called for the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, an independent arm of the UCI, to open an investigation into the medical practices at Team Sky more than half a decade ago.

Later on Tuesday, Team Sky's current lead racer Chris Froome backed Brailsford and dismissed as "absolute rubbish" claims he was among those treated with corticosteroids in the past.

"Those lines between in and out of competition can be, for example, midnight and one minute past midnight, so there are beneficial effects that come from a number of substances that athletes can take, and it's our job, along with the rest of the anti-doping community, to identify which substances we think continue to have a performance enhancing effect, long past the time that they are taken". "I would like them to do this, to see if there is some violation of anti-doping rules", he said.

"[Sky] had, at the time, the TUE agreement".

Sutton, Wiggins and their former boss at Team Sky, Brailsford, have always said the rider was given triamcinolone to treat asthma and pollen allergies.

The government report, which said there was no violation of the World Anti-Doping Agency code, also accused Sky and British Cycling of "serious, unprofessional, and inexcusable" behaviour in failing to keep proper medical records.

Lappartient acknowledged that Team Sky acted within the rules to obtain the TUEs, but criticized the team for its practices nonetheless and anxious that the case would damage the sport's credibility.

"I'm 100 per cent sure that there will not be a Sky team at the Tour de France this year", Landis added.

"A mistake is something you have done without intention to be wrong", said Lappartient. The report is a little bit different. It seems it was a bit organised so maybe not a mistake but a fault which is different because that could affect the credibility globally of our sport.

The BBC also asked Lappartient whether he thinks Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford should resign.

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.

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.

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".

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.

"The first Brit to win the Tour de France added: "[Cycling] is the most scrutinised sport in the world.

"I can not say I know a lot about Brad's use of it in or out of competition", the controversial Australian said to Sky Sports.

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