Sir Bradley Wiggins: Chris Froome & Sir Chris Hoy say 'questions remain' over TUEs
Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome and six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy say "questions remain" over Sir Bradley Wiggins' use of a banned steroid before major races.
Wiggins, 36, took the anti-inflammatory drug triamcinolone for allergies and respiratory problems, after applying for therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs).
He said he used the drug to put himself "back on a level playing field".
"I think it is up to Bradley - he needs to clear his name," Hoy said.
Former Team Sky team-mate Froome, 31, said: "Questions remain over his symptoms, the choice of treatment and the related performance benefits from that treatment."
But he said it was "impossible to say" whether Wiggins was "operating in a grey area".
TUEs allow the use of banned substances if athletes have a genuine medical need.
Wiggins agrees riders have "abused" triamcinolone in the past and some have questioned why that particular drug was used just days before major races.
They include Wiggins' former team doctor Prentice Steffen, who said: "In retrospect it doesn't look good - it doesn't look right from a health or sporting perspective."
Wiggins is Britain's most decorated Olympian and became the first British winner of the Tour in 2012.
During his time at Sky, he took triamcinolone shortly before the 2011 and 2012 Tours and the 2013 Giro d'Italia, his TUEs having been approved by British authorities and cycling's world governing body, the UCI.
"I knew he had asthma, but I wasn't aware of his allergies," Froome, who won the Tour in 2013, 2015 and 2016, told cyclingnews.com.
"It's a great shame for the sport that we're once again debating the validity of a Tour de France victory."
Hoy told BBC Radio 2's Simon Mayo show: "It's not been a great few weeks for Team Sky and for Bradley, in particular. Bradley needs to explain what the situation was.
"I think he has to answer questions, otherwise there will always be a question mark hanging over him."
Mark Cavendish, a former team-mate at Sky and a member of the British Cycling track team alongside Wiggins at the Rio Olympics this summer, said he would not "speculate" about the case.
"Whatever I think, whether I believe in him or don't believe in him, I'm speculating," 31-year-old Cavendish, who won world madison gold on the track with Wiggins in 2016, told BBC Sport.
"I don't know. I'll just let him deal with it."
There is no suggestion that Wiggins or Team Sky broke any rules.
Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford, the British Cycling performance director until April 2014, has denied any wrongdoing, although he said this week he was "not proud" of how he had handled the allegations.