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by Shane Stokes
November 18, 2017
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Having thrice turned down requests to give evidence in the enquiry into the Bradley Wiggins/Jiffy bag saga, former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman has been conspicuous by his absence. The Briton declined invitations to appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee in March, plus UK Anti-Doping staff and the human resources department at British Cycling.
Freeman cited ill-health as the reason for his non-appearances, and has resigned from British Cycling on those grounds.
However, according to the Daily Mail, he attended last week’s Manchester track World Cup. He was seen in attendance, prompting British cycling chief Julie Harrington to speak to him and to request that he leave the venue. While she was powerless to eject him from the building, he did depart after some time.
Freeman was the doctor to whom a mysterious package was delivered at the end of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné. He administered that package to Wiggins, a fact that came to light last year when a source told the Daily Mail about the matter.
Team Sky Principal Dave Brailsford initially denied the story, giving two incorrect explanations as to how the story couldn’t be true, but eventually admitted it did happen. Team Sky said that Freeman didn’t upload his medical records to Dropbox, as was required. Freeman said that his laptop with the information on it was stolen while he was on holidays.