2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky are under fire.
2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky are under fire.

Landis wants Wiggins stripped of Tour title

STRIPPED former champion Floyd Landis has called for Bradley Wiggins to lose his 2012 Tour de France title following allegations made in a British parliamentary report.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee's report accused Wiggins, Team Sky and team boss Dave Brailsford of "crossing an ethical line" in applying for therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) for banned medication.

Wiggins has categorically denied cheating and has always maintained that he required the anti-inflammatory steroid triamcinolone to treat asthma and pollen allergies.

The DCMS report acknowledged that the use of TUEs in competition did not violate the World Anti-Doping Agency code, however it argued that it was their belief that drugs were used by Team Sky "to enhance the performance of riders, and not just to treat medical need".

Bradley Wiggins on route to retaining the yellow jersey during stage 16 of the 2012 Tour de France.
Bradley Wiggins on route to retaining the yellow jersey during stage 16 of the 2012 Tour de France. Getty Images

Landis, who lost the Tour de France title he won in 2006 following a positive drugs test, believes Wiggins should now be suspended and have his 2012 victory stricken from records.

The American was a former teammate of Lance Armstrong's and initially denied doping before becoming the chief whistleblower in a federal case against cycling's most recognised name.

"Wiggins should lose his Tour title," Landis said.

"I can't see how the sport authorities can let it slide. You can't take them seriously if they don't act.

"There's a report right there for them and for me WADA have no choice but to suspend him and take his title away. If they were legitimate, that's what they'd do."

WADA have not yet responded to the report.

Floyd Landis won the Tour in 2006 before being stripped of the title.
Floyd Landis won the Tour in 2006 before being stripped of the title.

It is understood Team Sky are backing their under-fire boss Brailsford, yet Landis has also argued the DCMS report could spell the end for a team whose riders have won five of the past six Tours.

"This has to be the end of the team. I'm 100% sure that there will not be a Sky team at the Tour de France this year," Landis said.

"The little pieces add up and no one with more than two brain cells would add it all up and conclude that it was all just coincidental."



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