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by Shane Stokes
March 18, 2017
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In the wake of Thursday’s admission by Josh Edmondson that he had broken UCI rules in 2014 by injecting multivitamins during his time with Team Sky, the UCI’s Cycling Anti Doping Foundation (CADF) has confirmed that it is in contact with British authorities.
Edmondson told the BBC on Thursday that he had violated the UCI’s rules and that Team Sky had covered up the matter. He also said that he had taken the legal – but dangerous – painkiller Tramadol while with the team, and that he had suffered depression as a result.
However Team Sky’s clinical director Dr Steve Peters has said that Edmondson had denied ever using the syringes and vitamins that a teammate had discovered. He told the BBC that the squad didn’t report the matter to authorities out of concerns for the rider’s wellbeing.
It later released him from his contract, citing what it said was his disorganisation, lack of professionalism and poor communication.
The UCI issued a brief statement on Friday. “The Union Cycliste Internationale has seen the BBC report.
“The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, the independent entity in charge of the anti-doping programme and investigations for the UCI, is in touch with UK Anti-Doping to assess the matter. No further comments will be provided at this stage.”
The Edmondson admission is the latest to hit the under-pressure team, which has struggled to deal with the Bradley Wiggins TUE and mystery package cases in recent months.
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