British road and track racing cyclist Bradley Wiggins, at his wittiest best, has taken to social media to joke about his critics in regards to his therapeutic use exemption applications and a secret package he received prior to a competition.
In the post, uploaded on Instagram, the 36-year-old is seen with makeup on his face, looking very similar to William Wallace from Braveheart, portrayed by legendary actor Mel Gibson.
The photo was captioned with the words: “They Can Never Take My Package”.
The five-time Olympic champion has voiced his innocence since a Fancy Bear attack last September that brought to the limelight Britain’s biggest stars’ therapeutic use exemption (TUE) applications.
It allows athletes with certified medical conditions to take banned substances in order to allow them to compete with healthy athletes. Wiggins was accused of taking a banned corticosteroid after a race.
In a press conference earlier this month, he was evidently furious with the turn of events in the past few months and publicly declared his stance, claiming of no wrongdoing.
Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford, as well as long-term mentor Shane Sutton, will be questioned by the MPs later today.
The package mentioned is the package taken by British Cycling staffer Simon Cope to the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.
Questions remain over what was in that package with BC chairman Bob Howden and ethics committee chairman Dr. George Gilbert.
Hence, both British Cycling and Team Sky staff will be grilled by a Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
The 2012 Tour de France winner has pleaded his innocence in the matter, but only time will tell if all involved in the controversial issue are held guilty or be cleared of all charges altogether.