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LONDON (AFP) — Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has responded to the TUE controversy surrounding Bradley Wiggins by claiming sport’s anti-doping rules are open to abuse.
Froome took to Twitter to vent about the issues with doping controls after two officially approved Therapeutic Use Exemptions were revealed by hackers earlier this month.
Froome, who won his third Tour de France title in four years in July, posted a statement on his Twitter feed:
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Athletes are able to take some banned substances as medication if they are cleared by the authorities. Froome said he has never pushed the boundaries of what is allowed.
British star Wiggins, a five-time Olympic champion, received three TUEs for intramuscular injections of the powerful corticosteroid triamcinolone on the eve of the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France and 2013 Giro d’Italia.
Triamcinolone has been described by several former dopers as one of the most effective performance-enhancing drugs and it is believed to help athletes lose weight without losing power, postpone fatigue and aid recovery.
The disgraced Lance Armstrong tested positive for it at the 1999 Tour but used a bogus TUE to avoid an anti-doping violation.
Wiggins, a life-long asthma sufferer with an allergy to pollen, hasn’t broken any doping rules and told the BBC on Sunday that he was not seeking “an unfair advantage” when he used the drug, but was trying to “level the playing field so he could compete at the highest level.”