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Wiggins says he crossed no ‘ethical line’ at Sky

TOUR de France winner Bradley Wiggins has defended himself against accusations he and Team Sky used permitted medication for performance gain and said he was the victim of a malicious smear.

The five-time Olympic gold medalist told the BBC in an interview on Monday, following the publication of a British parliamentary committee report on doping in sport, that he had not cheated. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee report said the team had crossed an “ethical line” by using for performance enhancement drugs that are allowed for medical purposes. “Not at any time in my career did we cross the ethical line,” said Wiggins, who in 2012 became the first Briton to win the Tour de France. The 37-year-old, who retired in December 2016, said he was the subject of a ‘witch hunt’, complained that his children were suffering at school as a result. “The widespread effect on the family is horrific,” he said. Wiggins was granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to take the corticosteroid Triamcinolone, which helps asthma sufferers, before the 2011 and 2012 Tours and 2013 Giro d’Italia. The report said Wiggins may have been treated with Triamcinolone on up to nine occasions, in and out of competition, over a four-year period.


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