Cyclist Bradley Wiggins calls doping allegation a 'malicious' smear

"They had at the time the TUE agreement but now we have the evidence that it seems to be organised".

The DCMS select committee said it is "not in a position" to state what was in the medical package but added there is no "reliable evidence" to back up Team Sky's claim it contained a legal decongestant.

The statements came in a wide-ranging interview with the BBC conducted from UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland.

And Lappartient has called on world cycling's governing body to investigate the matter.

He also said: "It's sad to see that when Team Sky was launched, I remember they say "we will be clean, we will win races and be clean, more white than white".

Team Sky's current lead racer Chris Froome backed Brailsford and dismissed claims he was among those treated with corticosteroids in the past.

Bradley Wiggins's former coach has urged the five-time Olympic champion and former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman to explain their use of therapeutic use exemptions for banned medication.

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Team Sky has accused the committee of presenting "unsubstantiated allegations" which it says is "fundamentally unfair to the team and its riders".

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"If any MPCC rider used a corticosteroid like Kenacort three days before the Tour and went through this blood test, he would not be able to start the race", Vaughters said.

"When asked directly whether he believed Wiggins" denials, Lappartient took a long pause.

"I am calling for him and the doctor to come forward and tell the truth".

Mr Lappartient told BBC Sport that the findings of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee "could affect the global credibility of the sport". They have the power of investigation.

By that he probably means only one UCI doctor was required to approved the certificates, compared to today when a panel of doctors reviews each case. Prior to that update, a single doctor - often the UCI's Mario Zorzoli - could approve a TUE. "Just by a letter of support from the doctor, then it was not so hard to get the TUE, which is something completely different now". "You have to put this in the context of the time". Rather than a lesson in how to do things right, the searing arrogance of Team Sky's and Brailsford's approach now seems much more like a lesson in wrongdoing.

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The report was damning in its indictment of how the team allegedly bent the rules for performance gains.

When asked directly whether Sky had crossed an ethical line, as stated in the MP's report, Lappartient was matter-of-fact. "The report says he did not cheat, so come forward and tell everyone what you administered, when, and let us put it to bed".

But Froome said: "There's a process for me to follow and a process for me to demonstrate that I've not done anything wrong, and that's exactly what I plan to do". The UKAD was critical of British Cycling and Team Sky's medical practices but could find no evidence they had violated rules. In essence he appeared to be suggesting Brailsford should resign.

Although Froome turned up with a level of the asthma drug salbutamol double the legal limit en route to winning the Vuelta a Espana almost six months ago, his case is yet to be resolved. He now says he was referring to injections without a TUE - just one of the myriad contradictions that continue to be picked apart as the case unfolds.

"I'm not sure we can have a decision before May's Giro d'Italia".

When Bradley Wiggins climbed onto the podium on the Champs Elysees to be crowned victor of the Tour de France on July 22, 2012, it was an iconic moment for British sport. "That's something hard for our sport". Because, can you imagine if he's riding the Giro, with spectators crying against him, or if at the end he's disqualified from the Giro?

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