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by Mark Zalewski
December 22, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Brailsford and other witnesses may be called to give further evidence in Sky package inquiry; Songezo Jim signs with Kuwait – Cartucho.es; Sophie de Boer reveals 2017 team; Stybar to race two cyclocross events next week; Marc Sergeant talks about Lotto Soudal early season plans; Stephen Swart: ‘Lance Armstrong had no intention of picking up the phone’; Rally Cycling holds winter training camp; Hagens Berman-Supermint announces roster; SBS and Fox Sports to broadcast Australian Road National Championships; Cycling UK pressuring Sunday Times to print apology over ‘pro-dooring’ column; Man accused of hitting, dragging cyclist walks free; 89-year-old handing out high-vis vests to cyclists for safety; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour.
Dave Brailsford, Shane Sutton and two senior British Cycling officials may have already given evidence this week to British parliament, but it has emerged that they or other witnesses may be required to appear again at a later date. According to various British media sources including the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, questions have arisen about Brailsford’s testimony before the Culture, Media and Sport select committee on Monday.
The Team Sky principal was questioned about the administration of a normally-banned corticosteroid to Wiggins in 2011, 2012 and 2013, including before his 2012 Tour victory. Wiggins acquired a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) permitting the use of triamcinolone acetonide, but questions have nevertheless been raised about this. Several riders who doped in the past said they used the same substance under TUEs for performance enhancement. Wiggins and Team Sky have insisted that he was badly affected by allergies and asthma and that more usual courses of treatment were not enough.
Brailsford was also asked about the delivery of a package from Manchester to the Critérium du Dauphiné stage race in France in 2011. The delivery of the bag was revealed by the Daily Mail in October but neither Wiggins nor the team would reveal the contents until Monday. Brailsford finally stated that it contained the legal decongestant Fluimucil. During Monday’s hearing questioners told Brailsford that one way to verify what Wiggins had taken would be for him to disclose his medical records.
“You’re absolutely right,” Brailsford told Damian Collins, the committee chairman. “And my understanding is they have been made available to UKAD.”
“If for any reason they hadn’t, would you urge them to be made available?” Collins asked. “They have been,” Brailsford repeated. “My understanding is they have been.” However according to the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and others, UK Anti Doping has not been given the records. Because of this, UKAD has been unable to confirm if Fluimucil was indeed the product in question.
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