Posted: 17/10/2016 at 08:48
Friend of mine is a pharmacist. She says lots of people are on that drug for asthma and she can't see a problem with it.
True, but it's also known to be a PED, which is why he needed a TUE. It's also quite a strong drug to take for asthma - the issue seems to be that Wiggins needed very strong asthma medication immediately before 3 of his biggest target races, but at no other time. All approved and above board, granted, but it's pushing the boundary of legality - if you can get a doctor to sign it off then it's OK, regardless of whether it was actually needed to treat the condition or not.
Wiggins has said he's had injections. I don't think I know of anyone who's never had an injection.
Medical treatment is fine in my book - but not vitamin supplement injections that used to be common in cycling. No need for that.
If sky were dirty then there would be a lot more stuff coming out than one tue that was approved by their own governing body.
Wiggins also said previously that he'd never had injections while at Sky. Presumably he either forgot about the ones right before his biggest races to treat a condition that would have threatened his participation in the race, or maybe he didn't want to bring it up because he knew there would be awkward questions to answer.
Yes, medical treatment is fine, but only if there's a condition that needs treating and only if there are no non-PED medications available, in my view.
And yes, if sky were doing illegal stuff across the board then there'd be a lot more coming out. With Armstrong there was a steady stream of claims of cheating which were all ignored at the time because, as he so frequently said himself, he wasn't failing any tests. I don't think anyone would fall for that again - if similar claims were being made about Sky we'd have written them off long ago.