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by Mark Zalewski
March 3, 2017
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British Cycling has said it will rethink its relationship with Team Sky following the revelation at Wednesday’s parliamentary hearing that the organisation could not provide proof of the contents of a mystery medical package to Bradley Wiggins on the final day of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.
Former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman, who is understood to have administered the contents of the package to Wiggins, told the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) investigation that his laptop was stolen while on holiday in 2014 and, consequently, that he has no records to show what the package contained.
British Cycling chair Jonathan Browning said on Thursday that there are currently no individuals with joint responsibilities between the two organisations, and they would aim for “maximum clarity of the separation of the roles and activities.”
“I would characterise the separation as substantial now,” Browning said. “There is still contact between the two organisations and there are no individuals with dual roles, but we are going to step back and look at it again to make sure we avoid any potential conflict of interest.”
The investigation revealed British Cycling and Team Sky had shared a room containing medical supplies at the Manchester velodrome.
Click through to read more at The Guardian.