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by Matt de Neef
March 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare triumphs on stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Michal Kwiatkowski solos to victory in men’s Strade Bianche; Elisa Longo Borghini claims thrilling women’s Strade Bianche; Jos Van Emden wins Dwaars door West-Vlaanderen; Adam Yates wins the GP Industria & Artigianato; Yohann Gene wraps up overall victory at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo; Romain Bardet kicked out of Paris-Nice for illegal teamcar assistance; Richie Porte loses time on opening stage of Paris-Nice; Doctors rebelled over drug for Wiggins; Dave Brailsford among Team Sky staff treated with triamcinolone; Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey freeriding in Northwest Arkansas.
Following rumours that he was one of the Team Sky staff members that Dr Richard Freeman treated with triamcinolone, team principal Dave Brailsford has admitted as much.
Brailsford told the Telegraph that he received one injection of the drug to reduce inflammation in his knee; a knee which he’d had surgery on in 2008.
“In the run-up to and during the Beijing Olympic Games I suffered pain and acute swelling in my right knee joint,” Brailsford said. “Our team doctor at the time, Dr [Roger] Palfreeman, removed excess fluid from the joint and advised oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Subsequently I was diagnosed with a torn meniscus and had a partial meniscectomy in Sheffield Hospital.
“Whilst this is normally managed with oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, on one occasion a clinical decision was made to treat the symptoms within the joint with an intra-articular corticosteroid injection. This was done with the appropriate assessment, informed consent and subsequent monitoring.
“The treatment was administered to me by our then team doctor, Dr Freeman, who is a musculoskeletal specialist, at the velodrome in line with good clinical practice.”
Follow the link to read more at The Telegraph.