(Reuters) - Bradley Wiggins has described allegations that he may have broken anti-doping rules while with Team Sky as “the worst thing to be accused of” and said he would “shock a few people” when he eventually got the chance to defend himself.
Team Sky have come under the microscope in recent months after a UK Anti-Doping investigation was launched into a package ordered by former team doctor Richard Freeman and delivered to Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine race.
Wiggins, a five-time Olympic champion and the 2012 Tour de France winner, welcomed the investigation in an interview with Sky Sports’ Soccer AM programme.
“It’s the worst thing to be accused of as a man of my integrity given what I believe and what I’ve done to get to where I am today,” said Wiggins, who retired from cycling in December.
“But ... there is an investigation under way and I can’t say too much but that will run its course. Eventually I will get my say and there is a lot to say. It’s going to shock a few people.”
Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford has told British lawmakers that the package contained the legal decongestant Fluimucil, although the lack of a paper trail has called into question Sky’s medical record-keeping. Sky denied any doping violations.
Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar