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by Mark Zalewski
April 21, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Montaguti wins climber’s sprint at Tour of the Alps, Pinot makes up ground; Ruffoni wins sprint in longest stage at Tour of Croatia; Australian Road Nationals to remain in Ballarat until 2020; British Cycling commissions ‘medical review’ after Wiggins’ medical package scandal; ORICA-Scott changing Grand Tour strategy: Simon Yates with Chaves at Tour de France; Gilbert or Van Avermaet: which for Belgium at world championships?; Andrey Grivko given 45-day suspension for punching incident at Dubai Tour; Loss of Rabobank sponsorship affects Dutch federation youth programme; OVO Energy becomes title sponsor of Women’s Tour, Tour of Britain; Nicole Van den Broeck passes away; More good news from Girdlestone’s road to recovery; Van der Breggen and Valverde, an annual Fleche tradition; Video: The Tour De France Explained in Animation; Video: Oakley Cycling Sessions 2017.
British Cycling announced it is launching its own independent investigation into the controversy surrounding the mystery medical package sent to Team Sky for Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine from British Cycling in Manchester.
“British Cycling has commissioned English Institute for Sport’s (EIS) director of medical services, Dr. Rod Jaques, to conduct an independent review of its medical and physiotherapy teams’ operational practice and its alignment with the highest standards of UK professional conduct and procedures,” a statement said.
“We are committed to providing the highest standards of medical support — that’s why we’ve commissioned an external expert to scrutinise our existing processes and procedures and to make a series of recommendations on how we can improve,” said British Cycling’s people director, Michael Chivers.
“We will not pre judge what the recommendations might be, but we are keen to bring parity between performance and health and welfare, and to ensure we reduce the potential for conflicts of interest between a team’s medical staff and its coaches.”
British Cycling came under fire for its involvement with Team Sky and its questionable medical practises. An independent investigation into that by UK Anti-Doping is still pending, as well as a review of British Cycling’s culture.