Sir Bradley Wiggins on the corticosteroid triamcinolone acetonide TUE
I’ll admit that I’ve been a fan of Wiggins since the beginning of 2011 where he transformed himself going all in to win the Tour de France. He felt like a fresh addition to a sport that was tainted by so many let downs the years leading up to that year.
When he crashed on stage seven, I knew the looks was bad. He was holding his arm in an awkward position. Any cyclist would be able to immediately spot the wound. The collar bone was broken and I immediately felt so very sorry for him. I had been following his preparations and I he was looking to be the best out there.
The following year, I had a strong feeling that he would conquer the Tour if everything were to go his way. And that feeling stayed with me until his teammate Chris Froome attacked him in the mountains, leaving Wiggins behind and exposing him (and his weaknesses) to the world. But Wiggins reclaimed his honors with several strong stages and went on to smash the time trial with a very confident performance.
He had perfect form on the time trial bike and was climbing very good. But in the context he was barely hanging on during the climbs. And I think that’s what made everyone feel like he was for real. He was a great cyclist, but he wasn’t super human. There were no furious attacks over and over again. There were signs of fatigue, weakness, suffering. He looked mortal. And that’s exactly what all the cycling fans had been waiting for. Someone to admire for being a clean.
But as much as I have believed he was clean, I’m also a cyclist myself. And I know what it’s like to keep a pressure of 450 watts on the pedals. Knowing there are people out there that could do it for well over and hour makes me wonder what it actually takes to get there. To me, a performance like that feels super-human, no matter what.
Recently, Wiggins’ TUE documents was hacked by a Russian hacker group, exposing him and many other athletes Therapeutic Use Exemptions. And this is per say, not proving doping. But the matter of fact that Wiggins has so many times stated his innocence, even saying that he never had an injection, is starting to blur that feeling of him being a completely clean cyclist.
Here’s the Andrew Marr interview. Go ahead and watch for yourself.
Here’s another good read from INRNG: http://inrng.com/2016/09/wiggins-tue-sday/