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by Shane Stokes

December 7, 2017

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Cookson says Wiggins and Sky should have their reputations ‘reinstated’

by VeloClub

Although UK Anti Doping were clear that its dropping of an investigation into Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky was not a declaration of innocence, saying that it was “unable to confirm or refute the account that the package delivered to Team Sky contained Fluimucil,” former UCI President Brian Cookson has said that Wiggins and Sky should have their reputations ‘reinstated.’

Speaking to the BBC, Cookson essentially said that the absence of proof put an end the matter. “I think the reputation of the sport, the reputation of the team and the reputation of the rider Bradley Wiggins should be reinstated,” the Briton stated.

“At the end of the day I have no idea what was in that package, and have no idea what the so-called whistle blower told UKAD or told the Daily Mail what was in the package. UKAD have not been able to put a case together so that’s the end of the story.”

Cookson’s statement is not entirely correct: the General Medical Council is looking into the matter, including the delivery of the mystery package to Wiggins in June 2011, the lack of medical records kept by Team Sky and, presumably, former team doctor Richard Freeman’s claims that his laptop with said records on it was stolen while on holidays.

UKAD has also said that it may “revisit matters if new and material information were to come to light.”

Click through to read more at the BBC, including’s Cookson’s view on Team Sky pushing rules to the limit, plus his thoughts on TUEs and on women’s cycling.