Post? Or not to Post? Passport a ‘no-win’

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Team Sky’s dominance at this year’s Tour de France has raised doubts, and Bradley Wiggins, who hopes to become the first British rider to win the Tour, is trying to dissipate them. He’s wearing the leader’s yellow jersey and his anti-doping sentiment on his sleeve. Enlarge photo

Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press Team Sky’s dominance at this year’s Tour de France has raised doubts, and Bradley Wiggins, who hopes to become the first British rider to win the Tour, is trying to dissipate them. He’s wearing the leader’s yellow jersey and his anti-doping sentiment on his sleeve.

LE CAP D’AGDE, France – Team doctors have advised Bradley Wiggins not to publish his blood passport data for fear of possible misinterpretation by critics, the Tour de France leader said Saturday.

Wiggins said after the 13th stage that “whatever you do with the passport thing is a no-win situation.”

Wiggins added he gladly would publish the data but that Team Sky doctors are against it because critics would “scrutinize it and say it’s too stable or it’s too up and down or too this or too that.”

With seven stages to go before the race ends in Paris on July 22, Wiggins leads teammate Christopher Froome by 2 minutes and 5 seconds overall.

Sky’s dominance has raised doubts, and Wiggins, who hopes to become the first British rider to win the Tour, is trying to dissipate them.

On Friday, the three-time Olympic champion published a column in the British newspaper The Guardian, explaining why he never would engage in doping.

When asked whether he would be willing to make his blood passport data public, Wiggins said the decision could backfire.

“Team doctors have said to me that the blood passport is not clear-cut, doping or not doping,” he said. “There are so many variables in it.”

The blood passport program registers and charts the blood profile of a rider over lengthy periods of time so that comparisons can be made. It’s designed to catch drug cheats without needing to find traces of banned drugs.

Wiggins also praised the work done by the ruling International Cycling Union in the fight against doping, insisting on the necessity of repeated doping tests.

“I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been tested this week, blood and urine,” he said.