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Cycling Weekly March 8, 2018

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Cycling Weekly is the UK's only weekly special interest magazine focusing on the cycling market. It is the best source of breaking international and UK news, race reportage, reliable fitness advice, trustworthy product reviews and inspirational features for British cyclists. Always a great read, Cycling Weekly inspires you to ride your bike more!

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the final straw?

The impressive performances of the British riders at the Track Worlds were sadly overshadowed as the Digital, Culture Media and Sport Committee’s report, released on Monday, hung heavily over British Cycling.While there are no new allegations or information the report is damning of the governing body’s lack of checks and balances that allowed worrying practices to take place at Team Sky.The current riders and staff on the GB squad are not implicated in any way, shape or form, and are left surprised, frustrated and angry at what they have been reading over the last year. The failure of BC back then was failing to keep proper records; for one of Britain’s best-funded sports to have a chaotic medical room with poor record-keeping is unforgiveable.Furthermore, the DCMS report says that “corticosteroids…

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in focus

TRUE GRITLotto-Soudal’s Jens Keukeleire leads the peloton up one of many rain-drenched white gravel roads at Strade Bianche before fellow countryman and team-mate Tiesj Benoot secured an impressive maiden pro victory. Snow had covered the tracks around Tuscany only days earlier but had mercifully melted by Saturday. But heavy rain on top of the already sodden ground made for hard riding for the men’s and women’s pelotons. Further coverage on pages 14 and 54. ■…

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key conclusions and findings

▪ British Cycling and Team Sky failed to ensure proper records of medicines were kept▪ Wiggins and Team Sky used TUEs to enhance performance and the TUE system is open to abuse▪ Sky and BC should financially compensate UKAD for making their investigation harder▪ Richard Freeman declined to say it was a decongestant in the jiffy bag; he was the only person to previously say it was▪ Others were “possibly” given triamcinolone as well as Wiggins▪ WADA urged to ban corticosteroids ■…

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sky and wiggins’s reputation in tatters after dcms report

Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins have been left battling to salvage their shredded reputations this week after a report by MPs found they “crossed an ethical line” to use powerful corticosteroids “to enhance the performance of riders”.The 54-page ‘Combating Doping in Sport’ report (14 pages of which dealt with cycling) comes after more than a year of investigation by the MPs, who took evidence from a wide range of people in the sport including Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford, former rider Nicole Cooke, former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton and former British Cycling president Bob Howden.The House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, which authored the report, looked at Bradley Wiggins’s Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for corticosteroids — which strip the body of fat — ahead…

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vaughters: ‘my sponsors wouldn’t be happy in sky’s situation’

EF Education First-Drapac team manager Jonathan Vaughters believes that the MPs’ report into Team Sky’s anti-doping practices could damage the team’s sponsorship.He told CW: “They’ve proven rather robust throughout this whole thing. There are a number of other teams whose sponsor wouldn’t have been able to withstand the same level of scandal that Sky have gone through.”Vaughters, a vocal anti-doping advocate, is well aware of issues that can arise with team sponsorship, as the American outfit were days from going out of business this past off-season.“But I don’t know if this will affect them. I know if this was happening to my team, my sponsors would not be happy. Whether they would stick around would be hard to say.”The former rider pointed out the British team could have avoided this…

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should dave brailsford resign as sky boss?

(Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)YesAnother day, another negative headline. Things have never looked bleaker for Team Sky, and it’s tarnishing British Cycling and affecting the confidence of a nation — both cyclists and non-cycling onlookers, nearly all of whom once held Britain’s sporting heroes and their support systems in the highest regard. Not any more.While the DCMS report fails to offer any concrete proof of wrongdoing, it does present a pretty damning assortment of circumstantial evidence — not to mention a written statement from Shane Sutton that Bradley Wiggins’s use of triamcinolone was “unethical but not against the rules”. Additionally, the assertion by a “well-placed and respected source” that Wiggins was using medicines “well beyond the requirement for any TUE”, is not easily dismissed.The abuse of Therapeutic Use Exemptions, after all, is…