Wiggins to appear on British TV show to explain TUE controversy

Bradley Wiggins is scheduled to appear on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning regarding the recent news about his Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) for triamcinolone, a corticosteroid.

Wiggins’s decision to apply for therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to take the corticosteroid, which is banned in-competition without a TUE, has been under huge scrutiny since the five-time Olympic champion’s medical records were leaked last week by the hackers group calling themselves the Fancy Bears.

The records showed that the 2012 Tour de France champion received intramuscular injections of triamcinolone shortly before the 2011 and 2012 Tours, and the 2013 Giro d’Italia, to treat hay fever.

The TUEs have raised eyebrows due to their timing, the fact that the now banned doctor Geert Leinders was with Team Sky at the time, the fact that Wiggins said in his 2012 autobiography My Time that he had only ever received injections for “immunisations and some drips”, and the fact that triamcinolone is known to have been used by dopers in the past.

David Millar, who was banned for doping in 2004, told Telegraph Sport this week that the drug was the most potent thing he took in his career, and that included the banned blood booster EPO and testosterone. Millar said it helped him to lose weight and still feel stronger than he did before. He called for the drug to be banned in-competition even with a TUE.

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