MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 11:08:48

Chris Froome: 'Questions remain over Bradley Wiggins steroid use'

Chris Froome says that "questions remain" over Sir Bradley Wiggins's use of steroids ahead of major races, which he claims is a "great shame for the sport".

Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has admitted that "it is impossible to say" if Sir Bradley Wiggins's use of a banned steroid before major races was operating in a grey area.

Wiggins applied for therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to take anti-inflammatory drug triamcinolone to help with his allergy and respiratory issues.

The 36-year-old is adamant that he gained no unfair advantage from the drug, which he says simply put him on a "level playing field" with others, but Froome admits that it is a difficult situation and questions will therefore continue to be asked.

"It's impossible to say if he was operating in a grey area," he told Cycling News. "I knew he had asthma, but I wasn't aware of his allergies.

"Questions remain over his symptoms, the choice of treatment and the related performance benefits from that treatment. It's a great shame for the sport that we're once again debating the validity of a Tour de France victory."

Wiggins, Great Britain's most decorated Olympian, took triamcinolone ahead of the 2011 and 2012 Tours and also before the 2013 Giro d'Italia.


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