UCI President is looking to Ban Corticosteroids by 2019
David Lappartient wants to ban the use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE's), specifically cortisone supporting the "zero tolerance" policy on the fight against doping
In a recent interview UCI boss David Lappartient has stated, that he wants to win the fight against (mechanical) doping and the use of medical certificates (TUE's) that allow the use of drugs like cortisone, stating "I want to put those products on the list of prohibited substances".
Cortisone is a steriod and can provide a competitive advantage for professional athletes.
The Bradley Wiggins case is the most contraversial. The Team Sky rider, had admitted to receiving TUEs twice during his career, rejected medical help during the last week of his 2015 Tour de France ride on Moral grounds. However the Fancy Bears leak showed that Bradley Wiggins was taking medication for asthma that contained a steriod based sustance before the Tour de France. Bradley Wiggins and Dave Brailsford came under fire for a suspicious package that was sent to him around the time of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.
Lappartient went onto to say "Even if that is not the case, we can improve our approach, for example if a rider is taking cortisone for health reasons, the we can then impose a temporary ban, for example, the rider will be out of competition for at least 15 days to return when they are well again. I would like to introduce that from the beginning of 2019."
Lappartient continued "I see my good relationship with the ASO, organisers of races sucj as the Tour de France an advantage. Good relationships can help to make for successful reform in cycling, with the support of the teams."