SKY AND DEIGNAN HAVE QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
British cycling may have enjoyed another successful Olympics and a Tour de France yellow jersey but outside the racing there were some serious issues regarding antidoping. It emerged that Lizzie Deignan had narrowly avoided a ban after she missed three doping controls, and managed to get the first one overturned in retrospect. Then the Fancy Bears hackers leaked Bradley Wiggins’s (and others’) therapeutic use exemptions, which showed that he’d been using corticosteroids in the run-up to his three most recent Grand Tours, including the Tour de France that he won in 2012. Wiggins and Sky principal Dave Brailsford initially declined to comment, making the situation worse, and then didn’t really clear up the matter satisfactorily afterwards. No rules were broken in the strictest interpretation but the matter left a nasty taste in the mouths of cycling fans.