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by Caley Fretz
November 22, 2017
Photography by Kristof Ramon
What was in the jiffy bag? It’s a controversy that dates back to 2011, when a mysterious medical package was flown from Manchester to the French Alps near the end of the Criterium du Dauphine. Last week, UK Anti-Doping dropped its investigation into Team Sky, Bradley Wiggins, his TUEs for the corticosteroid triamcinolone, and the mysterious jiffy bag. Wiggins then released a statement extolling his exoneration, as if the whole thing has been wrapped up nicely.
But is he exonerated, really?
The latest episode of the CyclingTips Podcast dives into the latest false summit in the Wiggins controversy. An investigation continues within the General Medical Council, the public body that maintains the official register of medical practitioners within the United Kingdom, and big questions remain unanswered.
We chat with Daily Mail chief sports writer Matt Lawton, the journalist who broke key details of the Wiggins story, about how he unearthed the jiffy bag detail, and the ways Team Sky tried to put a stop to his reporting. CyclingTips News Editor Shane Stokes puts Wiggins’ troubles with credibility into context with a look into his evolving public statements on doping and dopers. As it turns out, the Wiggins of 2007 doesn’t sound much like the Wiggins of 2010.
Then, we take a look at the health — or lack thereof — of elite athletes. A recent SHEcret Pro column dug into the topic of low weight and reproductive health, and Ella editor Anne-Marije Rook went looking for answers. Are elite athletes actually healthy?
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