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

Chris Froome before Tirreno-Adriatico

Chris Froome before Tirreno-Adriatico

Of course, the report is not the only pressing Team Sky-related matter causing deep alarm at the UCI's Aigle headquarters, as the team's present leader Chris Froome, a four-time Tour champion, is also under a doping cloud.

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.

And yesterday, the team's former coach Shane Sutton called on Britain's first Tour de France victor Bradley Wiggins and former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman to come forward and give a full explanation of how they used asthma drugs.

Sir Bradley Wiggins was named but told the BBC he is "100%" not a cheat.

Commenting on the current case involving Chris Froome's adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at the 2017 Vuelta a España, Lappartient said that Froome riding in the 2018 Tour de France "would be a disaster for the image of cycling, even if on a legal point of view he has a right to ride".

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.

"I just don't know any more in this sport - you are damned if you do, damned if you don't".

"I am told by the doctor he needs a TUE for this event et cetera". Outside of the event, you have to sit down and ask them. "I am calling for him and the doc to come forward now and tell the truth".

"He is a sufferer, I have seen him suffer and gasping for breath after effort, I saw what he was going though, I can not answer how often he used it".

Wiggins has denied any wrongdoing and yesterday told the BBC: "Not at any time in my career did we cross the ethical line".

Team Sky and Wiggins had both previously issued statements refuting that any substances were used without a legitimate medical need.

"If I was in a different team, maybe it wouldn't - but the way the world is at the moment, it's going to come out and people are going to judge me on that".

Sutton, though, said Wiggins and the former Team Sky medic Richard Freeman have questions to answer over a mystery Jiffy bag package delivered to the team at a race in 2011.

The 60-year-old accused the unnamed person of having an "axe to grind" with Team Sky.

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.

I don't see why I shouldn't race - Froome What was in the "jiffy bag"?

"I'm proud to be part of the team", he said.

"If I technically did need it and could have it, I'd probably still not have it purely because of the perception of what TUEs are seen as now, which is wrong in itself, totally wrong".

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