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by Shane Stokes
October 21, 2017
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.
Former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman has walked away from the federation, over a year after he became wrapped up in the Bradley Wiggins Jiffy bag scandal. According to the Guardian, Freeman resigned due to ill health and walked away without a pay off.
In September 2016 a leak by the Fancy Bear hacker group showed that Wiggins had received injections of triamcinolone prior to the 2011 and 2012 Tours and the 2013 Giro d’Italia. The corticosteroid is normally banned, but was approved via a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) the team obtained through the UCI.
The use of the corticosteroid clashed with previous statements Wiggins had made about not receiving injections, as did his claims that he was sufficiently ill to warrant needing such a strong medication. The substance has been deliberately exploited by other riders in the past to achieve a performance boost.
A British parliamentary investigation was launched into the matter, but Freeman declined to appear before the select committee on the grounds of ill health. He claimed in a written statement that a mystery delivery to Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine contained only the decongestant Fluimucil. However UK anti doping, which is also looking into the Wiggins case, has been unable to verify that due to a lack of medical records being kept.
Freeman was due to speak to UKAD two weeks ago but, according to the Guardian, said he was too unwell to do so. The agency is also looking into the ordering of large quantities of triamcinolone plus a delivery of testosterone patches. Team Sky’s former clinical director Dr Steve Peters said the latter was a medical supplier’s error. Freeman has been criticised for not keeping medical records. He claimed his laptop was stolen while on holiday in Greece.