Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 31, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 60 Minutes report on motorized doping raises questions about Team Sky and UCI at 2015 Tour de France; French anti-doping expert says he was told a dozen riders used motors during the 2015 Tour de France; Loren Rowney announces her retirement and the beginning of a new chapter; Doctor and courier at centre of Team Sky mystery package scandal called to testify; Pauwels accepts van Aert’s apology but will not forget dispute; Mathieu van der Poel: ‘This is the biggest disappointment of my career’; Van Aert’s World Championship tire choice causes debate; RCS Sport shoots down extra Giro d’Italia wildcard proposal; UAE Abu Dhabi signs Moroccan champion Anass Ait el Abdia; Memorial ride held for cyclist killed in hit-and-run, suspect in custody; Nash and Zahner elected to UCI Athletes’ Commission for cyclocross; Photographer apologises to McLay for finish crash; Rider holds onto side of bridge after crash; Kangaroo surprises cyclists.

Doctor and courier at centre of Team Sky mystery package scandal called to testify

by CyclingTips

The doctor and courier at the centre of the Team Sky mystery package scandal, Doctor Richard Freeman and Simon Cope, have been asked to give testimony to the British Parliament’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport select committee on February 22, the same day when UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is expected to report on its investigation.

“There is a considerable public interest in UKAD’s investigation and it is also important to our inquiry into doping in sport to understand what they have been able to determine from their investigation,” Damian Collins MP, chair of the committee, said in a statement.

“The Committee has been told by both British Cycling and Team Sky that they have supplied all the information they have relating to this investigation to UKAD. However, we need to know if they have received documentary evidence which confirms what was in the package that was delivered by Simon Cope to Team Sky.

“Without this evidence, I am concerned about how it is possible for the anti-doping rules to be policed in an appropriate manner, if it is not possible to review the records of medicines prescribed to riders by the team doctors. I hope that on 22nd February, if not before, we will receive clear evidence on this important matter.”

This comes the week after former champion Nicole Cooke gave testimony condemning British Cycling for sexism and its handling of anti-doping procedures.

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