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by Shane Stokes
November 16, 2017
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Saying that its investigation was ‘hampered by a lack of accurate medical records,’ something it says was a ‘serious concern,’ UK Anti Doping has announced that it has ended its investigation into Team Sky’s actions at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.
The agency said that it found it impossible to confirm the contents of the package personally transported from Britain to France via Switzerland by British Cycling employee Simon Cope, and administered by the-then Sky team doctor Richard Freeman to Bradley Wiggins.
Team Sky and Wiggins were plunged into controversy last year when the news of the package emerged, not least because Team Principal Dave Brailsford claimed that Cope was in France to visit Emma Pooley. This was quickly proven not to be true.
Ditto for a claim by him that Wiggins didn’t return to the Team Sky bus after the race, where the medication was said to have been administered. Video footage showed that he had indeed been at the vehicle. The inconsistencies in Brailsford’s story, the long delay before the team said that the package contained the decongestant Fluimucil, plus the huge lengths Cope went to to deliver a product which was already available in France raised suspicions.
So too separate news that Wiggins had received injections of the powerful corticiosteroid Triamcinolone prior to the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France, plus the 2013 Vuelta a España. This is normally banned, and had previously been used by known doping riders such as Jorg Jaksche and Michael Rasmussen in the past to lose weight and boost performance. However Wiggins acquired a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to take the substance due to what he said was severe asthma.
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