Outspoken British media personality Piers Morgan has taken to Twitter to call out Sir Bradley Wiggins after the release of a parliamentary report that accuses the cycling star of cheating.
The report was released by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) after a 15-month investigation that concluded last November.
The investigation's goal was to determine if Britain's most decorated Olympian had been given an injection of triamcinolone by Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman at the end of the Criterium du Dauphine race in June 2011, which would have been illegal since triamcinolone is only allowed during competition under an exemption known as a TUE - Therapeutic Use Exemption.
Wiggo and his racing team Team Sky were heavily implicated in the report and could face up to a two-year ban and loss of results if found guilty.
The report claims the British Olympian used powerful drugs to prepare for races with the drug corticosteroid triamcinolone specifically mentioned.
Sir Bradley and Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford have always maintained that Wiggins was given Fluimucil, a legal decongestant. However, the report disputes this and goes on to state "we do not believe there is reliable evidence that it was Fluimucil."
Wiggins and Team Sky have repeatedly denied the allegations and are continuing to do so after the release of the report. Wiggins' camp has always maintained that any drug in question was used for medical purposes. However, the latest 52-page report from the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) committee alleges that Team Sky used drugs "to enhance the performance of riders, and not just to treat medical need."
Shane Sutton, who was the former coach of Wiggins, along with Wiggins and Brailsford, have long claimed the rider was given triamcinolone to treat asthma and pollen allergies.
Furthermore, the investigation concluded after receiving "confidential material from a well-placed and respected source," that the team is systematically cheating a system that was designed to help athletes with long-term illnesses compete.
"We believe this powerful corticosteroid was being used to prepare Bradley Wiggins, and possibly other riders supporting him, for the Tour de France," it said.
"The purpose of this was not to treat medical need, but to improve his power-to-weight ratio ahead of the race.
"The application for the TUE...also meant he benefited from the performance-enhancing properties of this drug during the race.
"This does not constitute a violation of the WADA code, but it does cross the ethical line that David Brailsford says he himself drew for Team Sky.
"In this case, and contrary to the testimony of David Brailsford in front of the committee, we believe that drugs were being used by Team Sky, within the WADA rules, to enhance the performance of riders, and not just to treat medical need."
After the latest report was released, Piers Morgan was quick to tweet out his displeasure with Britain's most decorated Olympian:
"OFFICIAL: ‘Sir’ Bradley Wiggins is a cheat. Strip him of his knighthood," Morgan initially tweeted with a picture of the front page of The Sun, which came with the headline "Wiggo Doping Shock."
The usually brash and direct Morgan even invited Wiggins to his show Good Morning Britain "to have a little chat" about the doping allegations.
You can also see Morgan talk about it on Good Morning Britain in the video below.
For his part, Sir Bradley has issued a response on Twitter.
"I find it so sad that accusations can be made, where people can be accused of things they have never done which are then regarded as facts,I strongly refute the claim that any drug was used without medical need. I hope to have my say in the next few days and put my side across."
British sporting fans will be keen to see how this whole sage unfolds, although it is doubtful that an appearance on one of Morgan's show will be one of them.
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