The few months past has seen the British Cycling road offspring, Team Sky and its now retired champion rider, Bradley Wiggins in allegations over his use of drugs that enhanced his abilities during the Tour de France of 2011 and 2012, and the Giro D’Italia of 2013.
In addition, the 2012 Tour de France winner has a number of questions to answer in respect to the contents of a package that was delivered by Simon Cope, a former British Cycling employee to Team Sky in 2011.
However, the downfall of Lance Armstrong, the most adamant athlete so far in regards to denial of doping will continue to act as a reminder in the cycling world.
So far, Team Sky has come off a long way to position itself as the saviors of cycling, going on to cart home four out of the last five Tours de France after they burst into the sport with an explicit zero-tolerance policy to doping.
All staff members and riders of the British outfit were made to sign an agreement that they have never had any past or present involvement in doping. Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome led the way.
The past week so far has revealed a lot of damning indictment after a British parliamentary inquiry into the scandal. Russian hackers revealed the therapeutic use exemptions issued to Wiggins, among a host of others.
Team Sky were unable to account for a large order of corticosteroid triamcinolone, the controversial drug used by Wiggins for a pollen related health issue.
This has now raised the eyebrows of the UK Anti-Doping chief executive, Nicole Sapstead following the large quantity of the drug received by Team Sky: “Either an excessive amount was ordered for one person,” she told Parliament, “or quite a few people had similar problems.”