Bradley Wiggins’s legacy will be damaged by TUE controversy, says Marcel Kittel (video)

German sprinter also sets out his views on TUE in cycling
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Bradley Wiggins‘s legacy could be damaged by recent controversies according to German sprinter Marcel Kittel.

Asked whether Wiggins’s legacy would be affected by the current sagas surrounding his use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) and the contents of a Jiffy bag delivered to the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, Kittel said “Yes, I think so.”

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He continued: “The bigger the story gets, the more it will fall back on his career and himself. That’s why I hope that it’s soon over and the story is transparently told to everyone.”

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Speaking at a Quick-Step Floors pre-season media day in the Belgian town of Kortrijk, the 28-year-old also set out his views on the use of TUEs by professional riders.

“I don’t think anyone who is seriously sick should use TUEs,” he said. “Or if he has to use them because he has to recover from an injury then he should also take time to really recover from it, then come back after.”

Kittel went on to talk about his ambitions for the 2017 season, where stage wins at the Tour de France will be the main priority, with Mark Cavendish and André Greipel two of a number of sprinters who could provide a challenge.