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by Shane Stokes
June 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Porte time trials to victory on stage 4 of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Niewiadoma takes impressive solo stage win on day one of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Froome disappointed with time trial performance; Contador: ‘The most important thing is that I felt good’; British Cycling asks Team Sky to quit Manchester velodrome, will overhaul medical services; Mitchelton-Scott makes European debut with Baby Giro participation; Battle raging in Trans Am 2017; Video: Richie Porte post-race interview – stage four, Critérium du Dauphiné; Video: Team WNT riders on the OVO Energy Women’s Tour
Following criticism of a too-close relationship between Team Sky and British Cycling plus controversies relating to both entities in the past year, the federation has asked the team to leave the BC base at Manchester velodrome. The Guardian has reported that board members at the federation have pushed for a split between the two organisations.
They have shared the Manchester velodrome base since the team was founded in 2010, and have also shared some staff during that time. British Cycling has been under pressure due to allegations of bullying and harassment, while Team Sky has been under scrutiny over the controversial use of injectable corticosteroids by Bradley Wiggins in 2011, 2012 and 2013 – something which he gained permission for under the TUE system but previously denied in his autobiography – plus the delivery of a mystery package to him at the Critérium du Dauphiné in France in 2011.
A report into the claims of bullying and harassment is due next week, while an inquiry into the Wiggins package is ongoing. Damian Collins, the chair of the culture, media and sport committee looking into the latter, said the saga left the reputations of both organisations “in tatters”.
Meanwhile British Cycling has announced a “timely” overhaul of its medical services for athletes following an independent review. According to the BBC, Dr Rod Jaques, director of medical services at the English Institute of Sport, looked into British Cycling’s practices after the controversy in relation to the Wiggins medical package. His recommendations include the creation of a new ‘head of medicine’ and a team to look after riders’ physical and mental well-being.
Dr. Richard Freeman, who previously worked for Team Sky and who administered the contents of the package to Wiggins, had been working more recently as British Cycling’s head of medicine. He is currently on sick leave. It is unclear if Jaques’ recommendation will see Freeman leave the federation or if he will have a different position.
Click through to read more at the Guardian and at the BBC.