Geraint Thomas: Team Sky cyclist says TUEs should be scrapped

Chris Froome backs Team Sky and Sir Dave Brailsford in drugs row

Shane Sutton: Sir Bradley Wiggins & Former Team Sky Doctor Need To 'Tell The Truth'

David Lappartient wants the UCI's independent anti-doping division to investigate after a damning report published by the digital, culture, media and sport select committee concluded that Team Sky manipulated the exemption system to give Sir Bradley Wiggins a drug to improve his performance before his Tour de France victory.

Bradley Wiggins's alleged abuse of TUE protocols would have been impossible had Team Sky been members of the Movement For Credible Cycling (MPCC), said Jonathan Vaughters on Tuesday.

"The report damaged Team Sky, damaged cycling", Lappartient said.

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.

Team Sky and Wiggins had both previously issued statements refuting that any substances were used without a legitimate medical need. A TUE granted without true medical need would run afoul of the World Anti-Doping Agency's code.

"If any MPCC rider used a corticosteroid like Kenacort three days before the Tour and went through this blood test, he would not be able to start the race", Vaughters said. The British team has long resisted pressure to join the MPCC, which follows agreed anti-doping protocols. "I am calling for him and the doc to come forward now and tell the truth".

Lappartient told the BBC: "If you are using substances to increase your performances, I think this is exactly what is cheating". But they are stress hormones created to help the body respond to fight or flight syndrome and increase physical ability in a life-or-death fight and that's what cycling is.

"Even if it seems that there is no breach of the anti-doping rules, no violation of the anti-doping rules". "You have to put this in the context of the time". Is it just using the rules?

Lappartient said the report had the power to affect the sport's credibility.

Cedric Vasseur, the manager of fellow MPCC team Cofidis, did not hold back when asked about the report's findings on Team Sky.

"I'm 100 per cent sure that there will not be a Sky team at the Tour de France this year", Landis added. "He has to take the decision he needs to take, and I see the pressure", Lappartient said.

Although UKAD previous year declined to find Team Sky violated anti-doping rules and has kept their inquiry closed after the publication of the report, the Select Committee highlighted behaviour from the team that, while technically not in violation of the rules, pushed ethical boundaries. "That is why the MPs' report just says they were not breaching the rules", Lappartient said to the BBC.

After being repeatedly if Brailsford should resign, Froome eventually responded: "No".

He returned an adverse finding for the asthma drug salbutamol at the Vuelta a Espana and is now locked in a legal and scientific wrangle with the CADF about how that happened.

Froome continues to race while fighting to prove his innocence in the background, alongside his legal team but he said he will not let anything deflect his focus from racing.

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