Chris Froome says that he did not know that his former Team Sky teammate Sir Bradley Wiggins had been given permission to take injections of a powerful steroid before three of the biggest races of his career, including the 2012 Tour de France.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Froome – who controversially rode away from Wiggins in 2012 before he was ordered to go back and help is team leader – had no knowledge of the therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) prior to the leak by hackers Fancy Bears.
Wiggins has come under the microscope since the hacking of his medical data and he suggested on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday that his TUEs were encouraged by Team Sky.
He was prescribed triamcinolone, which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) banned list but is allowed to be used during a competition with a TUE, and the application was accepted by cycling’s governing body UCI.
He was also prescribed the same substance for the 2011 Tour de France and the 2013 Giro d’Italia, leading to suggestions Team Sky applied for the drug for performance-enhancing reasons, rather than medical ones.
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