‘The evidence will come out’

Shane Sutton

Shane Sutton oversaw Britain’s cycling success at London 2012

British Cycling will be exonerated over allegations of wrongdoing, says its former technical director Shane Sutton.

The organisation is being investigated by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) over claims regarding medication given to riders.

“The success is built off evidence-based programmes and the evidence will come out,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

Sutton, who left British Cycling in April amid allegations of sexism – though he denies the “specific claims” – was not asked about his resignation.

However, he told the Telegraph he was hopeful of being cleared of discrimination allegations by an independent inquiry and returning to his old role.

“As I’ve said all along, I am confident that I will be cleared of any wrongdoing,” said the 59-year-old Australian. “And if I am, I’d like to think they would ask me to reconsider my resignation.”

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After a week in which it was announced that British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake is to leave, Sutton told Sportsweek he welcomed the chance for the sport to clear its name after a series of damaging stories.

In an interview last month with BBC sports editor Dan Roan, Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford denied that they “cross the line” in the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Sir Dave Brailsford was interviewed by the BBC on 26 September

That came after it was revealed Sir Bradley Wiggins sought therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to take anti-inflammatory drug triamcinolone for allergies and respiratory issues – something the cyclist said was to “put himself back on a level playing field”.

“Our record at British Cycling speaks for itself and our record at Sky is brilliant – they have endorsed clean cycling from day one,” Sutton added.

“I am strong in the belief that we have a great leader in Sir Dave Brailsford and, from a clean sport perspective, he has been a great enforcer – so let the truth come out and let’s move on.”

Sutton also gave his support to 36-year-old Wiggins, Britain’s most decorated Olympian and a Tour de France winner in 2012, describing him as “one of the greats, if not the greatest athlete ever”.

“I work with Wiggins and from what I have read and seen, there is no wrongdoing on his part,” he said.

“We need to get back behind him. We are talking about a true professional here.”

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