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by Mark Zalewski
December 20, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Brailsford finally discloses nature of 2011 Sky mystery package for Wiggins, yet questions linger; Zwift Academy rider Leah Thorvilson wins Canyon-SRAM contract; Elite racer turned orthopedic surgeon to conduct extensive concussion and injury study among pro, amateur cyclists; Vansummeren on life after racing; Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team suspended for multiple doping positives; MPCC sponsors call for additional commitment to fighting other kinds of cheating; American Owen to skip cyclocross to focus on road; Young Aussie champion Alex Morgan steps away from cycling; Team Sky dines on Norwegian salmon prize at camp; Backlash over New Zealand brewery’s ad promotion with Lance Armstrong; British track sprinter Williamson to return after serious crash; Documentary: ‘From the South UP.’
Ten and a half weeks after it emerged that a British Cycling employee brought a package to Team Sky’s doctor at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, Team Principal Dave Brailsford has finally confirmed the nature of the substance concerned. Speaking at a Culture, Media and Sport select committee hearing, Brailsford told those questioning him that the product was Fluimucil.
“[Team doctor Richard] Freeman told me it was Fluimucil for a nebuliser,” he stated. “That was what was in the package. It was what Dr Freeman told me.”
Fluimucil is a decongestant used for clearing mucus. It is not a banned substance. On October 6 the Daily Mail newspaper reported that British Cycling employee Simon Cope had travelled to France via Switzerland on June 12 2011, the final day of the Critérium du Dauphiné. This was a Tour de France preparation event won by Sky’s Bradley Wiggins.
It stated that Cope made the trip at the request of Team Sky and Freeman, and that after hiring a car at Geneva Airport, he drove across the border and delivered a package to the team at La Toussuire. The suggestion was that Freeman and Wiggins then had a private session on the team bus after the final stage of the race. Brailsford initially disputed this chain of events, telling the Daily Mail that Cope had gone to La Toussuire to see the British female competitor Emma Pooley. However Pooley was almost 700 miles away from there that day, riding the Emakumeen Bira in Spain.
He also told the newspaper that the team bus had left the location before Wiggins returned from podium duties, and that the driver, the team’s Head of Athlete Performance Tim Kerrison and Head of Performance Operations Rod Ellingworth all vouched for this. However video footage from the end of the race showed this was not the case, with Wiggins being interviewed post-podium at the vehicle.
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