The Good Morning Britain presenter branded the retired cyclist a “flaming cheat” as he and co-host Susanna Reid spoke about a Parliamentary report into doping in sport.
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Speaking on the ITV breakfast show today, Piers ranted: “I wish we could sit here and celebrate the great Sir Bradley Wiggins as an amazing character who was the greatest cyclist we’ve ever produced.
“We can’t. According to this report today is just a flaming drugs cheat like so many others.”
He went on to add: “This was cheating,” before noting: “We as a programme have been told by our lawyers to be careful about this.
“We shouldn’t be bullied by lawyers. If Bradley Wiggins wants to sue me, I’ll see you in court.”
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee report on “Combatting doping in sport” concluded that an “ethical line” had been crossed in giving triamcinolone to Sir Bradley.
The report read: “The purpose of this was not to treat medical need, but to improve his power to weight ration ahead of the race.
“The application for the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) meant that he benefitted from the performance enhancing properties of this drug during the race.”
It added that while there was no violation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, “it does cross the ethical line that (team principal) David Brailsford says he himself drew for Team Sky”.
“In this case, and contrary to the testimony of David Brailsford in front of the Committee, we believe that drugs were being used by Team Sky, within the WADA rules, to enhance the performance of riders, and not just to treat medical need,” it read.
Following the release of the Parliamentary report, Sir Bradley took to his Twitter page to address the accusations.
He told his 24,300 followers: “I find it so sad that accusations can be made, where people can be accused of things they have never done which are then regarded as facts.
“I strongly refuse the claim that any drug was used without medical need. I hope to have my say in the next few days and put my side across.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.