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Bradley Wiggins’s and Chris Froome’s medical data released by Russian hackers

Some medical records of both British Tour de France winners have been leaked by hackers

Bradley Wiggins’s And Chris Froome’s Medical Data Released By Russian Hackers

Photo: Graham Watson

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) says that Russian cyber hackers have released another batch of athletes medical records, which includes cycling stars Sir Bradley Wiggins1 and Chris Froome2. WADA reported twice this week that hackers known as Fancy Bear illegally gained access to its Anti-Doping Administrative Management System (ADAMS). It said on Tuesday that the hackers found their way in through an International Olympic Committee (IOC) created account for the 2016 Olympic Games3.

WADA is very mindful that this criminal attack, which to date has recklessly exposed personal data of 29 athletes, will be very distressing for the athletes that have been targeted; and, cause apprehension for all athletes that were involved in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games4, said Olivier Niggli, Director General, WADA.

To those athletes that have been impacted, we regret that criminals have attempted to smear your reputations in this way; and, assure you that we are receiving intelligence and advice from the highest level law enforcement and IT security agencies that we are putting into action. Wiggins and Froome, both at the 2016 Games, were part of the latest document dump involving 25 athletes.

The one earlier this week by Fancy Bear (Tsar Team APT28) exposed confidential records on tennis players Serena and Venus Williams and gymnast Simone Biles. The latest records do not indicate wrong doing5. They show Great Britain s star cyclists received a series of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) over the last eight years. The hacker posted the UCI6 Certificate of Approvals for Wiggins and Froome, as well as various PDF documents for other athletes.

Wiggins s certificate for triamcinolone cited he suffered from a life long allergy to pollen nasal congestion/rhinorrhoea sneezing throat irritation, wheezing leading to dyspnoea eye watering runny nose known allergy to grass pollen.

Wiggins s TUEs since 2008

13-Jun-2008, salbutamol, Inhalation, as needed for one year
12-Dec-2008, salbutamol, Inhalation, up to 2 puffs a day for one year
16-Dec-2008, salbutamol, Inhalation, once or twice daily
26-Jun-2012, triamcinolone acetonide (triamcinolone), Intramuscular, once
29-Jun-2011, triamcinolone acetonide (kenalog), Intramuscular, once
22-Apr-2013, triamcinolone acetonide (triamcinolone), Intramuscular, once

Wiggins in this period rode for teams Highroad, Garmin and Sky.

Froome avoided TUE because of criticism

Froome applied for TUEs only at the time of the Crit rium du Dauphin 7 in 2013 and the Tour de Romandie in 2014, according to the leaked documents. He received approval for corticosteroid prednisolone 40mg per day for one week in 2013 and again in 2014. Following the 2015 Tour de France8, Froome said he refused to apply for a TUE for an infection.

After everything we had been through in this year s Tour, especially the hostility from different people along the way, it just felt that if we go down this route, we are opening the door for a whole new wave of criticism and aggression, Froome told the Sunday Times.

It would have been within the rules, but I didn t want it to be the Tour de France9 that was won because he took this medication in the last week. Following the leak, Froome issued a statement on the leaked TUEs.

He did not deny that they were his.

I ve openly discussed my TUEs with the media and have no issues with the leak, which only confirms my statements, Froome said.

In nine years as a professional, I ve twice required a TUE for exacerbated asthma, the last time was in 2014.

In response to the leak, Team Sky told Cycling Weekly10: The Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) process, as set out by UKAD, is a means by which an athlete can obtain approval to use a prescribed prohibited substance or method for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition .

Applications made by Team Sky for TUEs have all been managed and recorded in line with the processes put in place by the governing bodies.

Team Sky11 s approach to anti-doping and our commitment to clean competition are well known.

Other athletes records leaked

The leaked records also include three other British athletes: golfer Charley Hull, rugby player Heather Fisher and rower Sam Townsend.

Given this intelligence and advice, WADA has no doubt that these ongoing attacks are being carried out in retaliation and the global anti-doping system because of our independent Pound and McLaren investigations12 that exposed state-sponsored doping13 in Russia, WADA s Niggli added.

We condemn this criminal activity and have asked the Russian Government to do everything in their power to make it stop.

References

  1. ^ Sir Bradley Wiggins (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Olympic Games (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Rio 2016 Olympic Games (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ do not indicate wrong doing (fancybear.net)
  6. ^ UCI (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Crit rium du Dauphin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ Cycling Weekly (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ McLaren investigations (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  13. ^ doping (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Exclusive: Scott Thwaites to ride for Dimension Data in 2017

Scott Thwaites will leave Bora-Argon 18 this winter to sign for Dimension Data, according to sources with knowledge of the situation

Exclusive: Scott Thwaites To Ride For Dimension Data In 2017

Scott Thwaites during the 2016 Vuelta a Espana Credit: Graham Watson

Scott Thwaites, after a series of high placings this spring, will take a step up to the WorldTour1 and ride for Dimension Data2 in 2017.

Cycling Weekly learned from inside sources that 26-year-old Thwaites already signed with the South African team, which includes Steve Cummings and Mark Cavendish3. Neither Thwaites nor the team would confirm the deal, but a press release is expected soon after he and the team finish the Vuelta a Espa a4. Perhaps spurred on by the new contract or his Grand Tour debut in the Vuelta a Espa a5, Thwaites already made the successful escapes in stage four and in today s stage eight. Thwaites spent the last seven years at Bora-Argon 18, first when they were British team Endura Racing and then as they merged with German team NetApp. Since then, the team has earned wildcard spots to all the big races.

General manager of the German team, Ralph Denk has given him his chance to race in his first Grand Tour at the Vuelta a Espa a this month even though Thwaites is leaving at the end of the season.

The team will take on a new look6 in 2017 with Peter Sagan7 joining alongside several of his Tinkoff helpers and a likely place in the WorldTour. Instead of being smothered in the Sagan-mania, Thwaites found a team where he can help Classics leader Edvald Boasson Hagen8 and try at times on his own. Thwaites refused to name his future team when asked, but gave insight into his reason to leave.

After the Classics, I spoke with the team and they were happy with how I performed in the Classics, he said. They would have liked to keep me, but I also had quite a bit of interest with people seeing me in the races.

And then Ralph Denk came and contacted me when he knew that he was going to sign Peter Sagan, he was really good about it and explained the situation. He said that he could no longer give me the leadership in the Classics.

He said that for me it would be better if I left the team.

They still let me have a good race programme and allowed me to participate in the Vuelta, which was nice. Thwaites placed 20th even after a puncture in the Tour of Flanders9 this April. His entire spring Classics campaign went well with 16th in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, 10th in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, second in Le Samyn and eighth in the Dwars door Vlaanderen.

References

  1. ^ WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Dimension Data (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Mark Cavendish (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ his Grand Tour debut in the Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ The team will take on a new look (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Peter Sagan (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Edvald Boasson Hagen (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Tour of Flanders (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana prepared for two more weeks of Vuelta battles

Nairo Quintana won round one of the battle between the big favourites to take the lead in the Vuelta a Espa a, but the contenders don’t believe it’s over yet

Chris Froome And Nairo Quintana Prepared For Two More Weeks Of Vuelta Battles

Chris Froome on stage 8 of the 2016 Vuelta a Espa a (Watson)

The Camperona summit finish, the first of four in a row, shook up the overall classification, but the favourites insist the Vuelta a Espa a1 is not over with two weeks to race. The road in northwest Spain went upwards for the final 8.5 kilometres, with the last 3.1 kilometres rising rapidly at 20 to 25%. Sky s Chris Froome2 appeared to be in control, but Nairo Quintana3 (Movistar) countered his move and rode clear. Quintana put 25 seconds into Alberto Contador4 (Tinkoff), who passed Froome. Froome finished 33 seconds back with Quintana s Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde5 and Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange6) at 57 seconds back.

Quintana came out the winner. He now leads the overall classification by 19 seconds over Valverde, 27 over Froome and 57 over Chaves. Contador sits in seventh at 1-39 minutes. However, there are several summit finishes to come in the remaining two weeks.

There are a lot of hard mountains still ahead of us, said Quintana, who in the Tour de France7 placed twice second and third this year behind Froome.

These next two days, there will be a lot of tension and it will be very difficult, but with the team I have, we will be able to defend ourselves well.

We saw that Froome could not respond to the attacks. I believe I will be able to keep attacking, because I am feeling very strong.


Chris Froome speaks before the 2016 Vuelta a Espa a


Froome appeared to be pacing himself as he did on stage three s steep finish up Mirador de zaro8. He accelerated when they drew near the line to move ahead but out of the norm, he faded.

Sergey Lagutin (Katusha) won from an escape9, but Quintana took advantage of Froome s sudden slip. Contador, too. Froome minimised the gap, though. Out of the stars, only Chaves seemed to be on an off day. Chaves, second in the Giro d Italia10 this May, crossed the line with team-mate Simon Yates.

Well, I did lose a little bit of time today, but I m still in there, Froome said before getting on his bicycle to warm down outside of Sky s bus. Quintana showed he s in great shape. I think Movistar is going to be the team to go up against and this race.

I wouldn t really write off Chaves from today because it was a special sort of finish with less than 10 minutes for that final steep part. So you can t read too much into it. But at the same time, it does show a little bit about where everyone is at and certainly the GC is taking shape now.

Froome explained that he is not in the same form that he was when he raced to his third Tour de France11 title in July. After the Tour, Quintana rested while Froome raced RideLondon and the Olympics, where he took the bronze medal in the time trial.

It s still early days in the race and there s still a lot to fight for, Froome said.

All in all, I m still pretty happy with where I m at. There s still a lot of racing to come like the time trial on stage 18 which should suit me very well.

Apart from that, it s for Movistar to control the race now.

References

  1. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Alberto Contador (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Alejandro Valverde (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Orica-BikeExchange (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ stage three s steep finish up Mirador de zaro (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Sergey Lagutin (Katusha) won from an escape (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ second in the Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ raced to his third Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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