SKY AND DEIGNAN HAVE QUES­TIONS TO AN­SWER

Procycling - - Review Of The Year 2016 -

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.

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