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Tour de France crown should be taken off Wiggins, says Landis

Tour de France crown should be taken off Wiggins, says Landis

If he had, Wiggins would have broken anti-doping rules, as triamcinolone is only allowed in competition - which he was until midnight that day - with a therapeutic use exemption (TUE).

The report from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee criticised the conduct of British Cycling and Team Sky, and the way in which they have responded to investigations on the ongoing saga.

They've had the go-ahead from the powers that be to use that substance.

Team Sky are accused of using the 37-year-old Olympic and Tour de France hero's medical condition as a cover.

"We need to have a decision as soon as possible for Chris Froome himself, for his team, for us, for cycling", said Lappartient on Wednesday.

Team Sky are facing an investigation by cycling's world governing body into what its president has described as "unacceptable" practices.

"We consider it important that, regardless of the nationality of athletes and teams, anti-doping rules are enforced consistently and fairly".

Landis, who lost the Tour de France title he won in 2006 following a positive drugs test, believes Wiggins should now be suspended and have his 2012 victory stricken from records.

Team Sky's current lead racer Chris Froome backed Brailsford and dismissed claims he was among those treated with corticosteroids in the past.

Vaughters, whose Slipstream Sports squad now rides as EF Education First-Drapac, acknowledged that Wiggins had used TUEs for salbutamol and an inhaled corticosteroid in 2009, but he insisted that they did not compare with the allegations of TUE abuse in 2012. But Lappartient said it would be a disaster if he was at the Tour de France start line with the case still unresolved.

"As a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code, the UCI are bound by the current prohibited list", their statement read.

Wiggins has categorically denied cheating and has always maintained that he required the anti-inflammatory steroid triamcinolone to treat asthma and pollen allergies.

Former Team Sky coach Shane Sutton, who gave evidence to the committee past year, was asked about a treatment administered to Wiggins on the team bus after winning the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine. You can't take them seriously if they don't act.

Froome is still free to race while his case is ongoing, but Lappartient believes it would be awful for the sport if the Briton was to compete in this year's Tour de France with his case unresolved.

But Lappartient, citing the report, told the BBC: "If you are using substances to increase your performances, I think this is exactly what is cheating".

Sutton also denied suggestions from a "well-placed source" quoted in the report who told the DCMS Select Committee that tramcinolone was used by Team Sky for its performance-enhancing benefits. "So that's why it's taking some time". Because, can you imagine if he's riding the Giro, with spectators crying against him, or if at the end he's disqualified from the Giro?

Team Sky said they were concerned that the Committee had presented "unsubstantiated allegations" without providing evidence to support them, which they said was "fundamentally unfair" to them and their riders.

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