Chris Froome backs Team Sky and Sir Dave Brailsford in drugs row

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Team Sky say they would welcome a UCI inquiry into the findings of a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee.

Ford, one of Team Sky's main sponsors, said: 'We remain committed to our support of Team Sky but we do not comment on their sporting matters, especially matters that occurred before our sponsorship started'.

The Frenchman also called for clarification over the objective of the Therapeutic Use Exemption for Triamcinolone used in the lead up to the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine and comments made by former Team Sky coach Shane Sutton for Wiggins to disclose more information to Sky Sports News.

Team Sky and Sir Bradley Wiggins' deny allegations of using the drug Triamcinolone to boost sports performance.

We strongly refute this allegation (and) we are surprised and disappointed that the committee has chosen to present an anonymous and potentially malicious claim in this way, without presenting any evidence or giving us an opportunity to respond.

The report claimed Sky were using the TUEs to enhance their riders' performance, and not just to treat medical issues. A TUE granted without true medical need would run afoul of the World Anti-Doping Agency's code.

But proving or disproving that has been beyond anybody, including UKAD, because of Dr Freeman's failure to follow protocol and share his records with colleagues - a mistake compounded by the chaotic state of the medical storeroom he used at British Cycling's base in Manchester and then losing his laptop while on holiday in Greece three years later. "I wouldn't have stayed so long, I wouldn't have been in the team, I wouldn't still be in the team, if I didn't believe in the team and the people around me".

Sutton informed them that Dr Freeman had told him the May application for a TUE for triamcinolone had been approved and "that's why I thought everything was above board".

But Lappartient, citing the report, told the BBC: "If you are using substances to increase your performances, I think this is exactly what is cheating".

Brailsford and Team Sky have come under immense pressure after a parliamentary report
Brailsford and Team Sky have come under immense pressure after a parliamentary report

"We have the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), they have the power of investigation".

Thomas, speaking to BBC Sport Wales, added: "I haven't [taken a TUE], but if I had, it's not breaking the rules".

"So you have to put this in the context of the time; the grey zone was too big and it seemed that this grey zone has been used by Team Sky at the time so, is it doping?"

The 60-year-old accused the unnamed person of having an "axe to grind" with Team Sky. Is it just using the rules?

Froome says Sky are "very different" to what was said about them in the MPs' report, a view echoed by Thomas.

When asked directly whether Sky had crossed an ethical line, as stated in the MP's report, Lappartient was matter-of-fact. "The report is a little bit different", he said.

Sir Bradley Wiggins has strenuously denied the doping allegations put against him. "He has to take the decision he needs to take, and I see the pressure", Lappartient said.

The Australian, however, maintains others still have questions to answer.

Lappartient said he now wanted the UCI's independent anti-doping division to investigate.

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