Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 21, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Daily Mail reveals Brailsford tried to kill Wiggins medical package story; Outcome of Brailsford testimony: ‘should pay with his job’; UCI awards Lampre-Merida WorldTour license to UAE Abu Dhabi; Wout van Aert to race on Felt in 2017; Lars van der Haar possible for Heusden-Zolder World Cup; Leif Hoste refusing to pay fine for abnormal blood values; Vicente Reynes announces retirement; Uber admits to self-driving car ‘problem’ in bike lanes; Rolling with Lance Armstrong; Bahrain-Merida unveils team kit; Herne Hill Velodrome crowd-funding campaign surpasses goal; Johanna Jahnke short documentary; Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival.

Daily Mail reveals Brailsford tried to kill Wiggins medical package story

by CyclingTips

After the long anticipated testimony by Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford to the British Parliament Culture, Media and Sport select committee, the Daily Mail revealed that Brailsford tried to kill Sportsmail’s story by offering incentives, including information on a rival team’s abuse of Therapeutic Use Exemption certificates.

Chris Froome has the traditional glass of champagne with David Brailsford en route to the Champs-Élysées at the 2013 Tour de France.

Chris Froome has the traditional glass of champagne with David Brailsford en route to the Champs-Élysées at the 2013 Tour de France.

Journalist Matt Lawton writes that after he confronted Brailsford with the medical package story in September, the Team Sky boss tried to spin it with alternative explanations. But after those explanations were in turn debunked by Lawton, Brailsford attempted to coax him off the story.

“First came the offer of an alternative, more positive story. Then possibly a story about a rival team winning races with Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) — something he did not reveal in the end.

“And at the end of the two-and-a-half-hour meeting, Brailsford asked if there was ‘anything else that could be done?'”

The UK Anti-Doping investigation into the medical package is ongoing.

Click through to read more at the Daily Mail.

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