21. Bradley Wiggins and the TUE

Sep 28, 2016, 07:32 PM
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September 28 | The Telegraph Cycling Podcast returns after its post-Vuelta a España break and turns its attention to Sir Bradley Wiggins and the controversy around the release of his therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs).

Wiggins was one of several cyclists whose data was hacked – Chris Froome, Fabian Cancellara and Steve Cummings were among the others – but it is the TUEs of the 2012 Tour de France winner which have come under greatest scrutiny.

Wiggins and Team Sky did not break any rules – Wiggins used a corticosteroid approved by the UCI and anti-doping authorities – but the case has nevertheless raised questions. What is ‘clean’ sport? Is it reasonable for an athlete to go as close as possible to the ‘line’, between legal and illegal, in the pursuit of victory? Or is a Grand Tour not supposed to be a test of health, endurance and physiology, in which case should TUEs be granted at all?

In the latest podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe debate the Wiggins case and the wider issues around it.

The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.