To borrow from Johnny Nash there are more questions than answers. Way more. The Bradley Wiggins/Team Sky controversy has thrown up a blizzard of questions and both accused and accusers have plenty of answers hanging in the air. Here’s just some we could do with more information on.
1) Why didn’t Wiggins give evidence at the Parliamentary committee when he was clearly the star witness along with Doctor Richard Freeman? Was it by order of Damian Collins and/or UKAD, in which case Wiggins can hardly be blamed? Or was he wilfully avoiding the committee? Could the ill Freeman not have given more comprehensive written evidence?
2) Have copies been requested of all the TUE documentation and copies of medical records at the UCI. If personal data is an issue, Wiggins should ‘volunteer’ his permission for it to be freed up.
3) Why, if the contents of the jiffy bag addressed to Freeman were so vitally urgent, did Sky take four days to arrange its transport with Simon Cope going via Kent, Manchester for the night, back to London, Gatwick and then Geneva? Wars have been fought in less time.
4) Who in Manchester transferred whatever was being packed from the medical storage cupboard to the bag?
5) Is there any evidence confirming that Wiggins knew anything about Freeman’s jiffy bag and its tortuous route to the race? Is there any evidence he ever saw it or knew of its contents and knowingly used it contents?
6) Why would Wiggins take triamcinolone illegally on the night after the biggest road win of his life when he was competing in the British TT Champs seven days later when it would definitely show up in doping control? He won the TT, was tested and nothing showed up.
7) If there was cynical, premeditated wrongdoing by certain Sky management and Wiggins, why did they not settle on a simple agreed cover story and timeline? It would be the obvious thing to do.
8) Why are none of the 7 million asthma sufferers in Britain – including sports stars – ever quizzed on the debilitating and life-threatening effects of asthma and how asthma drugs singularly fail to transform sufferers into superman? Yet non-asthmatic, convicted dopers are invited to offer their hardly objective ‘words of wisdom’.
9) Are we getting the full picture on performance enhancement? On two of the occasions when Wiggins legally used a TUE he rode like drain: 2011 Tour, 2013 Giro. Arguably his two best rides were actually the 2009 Tour and 2011 Vuelta, both done without a TUE.
10) Is there any evidence that Wiggins is faking his asthma condition to secure a TUE? If so it should be produced. So far we have BC listing him as an asthma sufferer in 2003 while Team Highroad (2008) and Garmin Sliproad (2009) have all confirmed he suffered from asthma while riding with them. As an aside I witnessed him have a significant asthma episode over three days in April 2008 when I was ghosting a book with him. I can’t vouchsafe for him after that, I never had such close access again.