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by Mark Zalewski
March 29, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gilbert solos to win in De Panne opener; Summerhill takes over lead with stage win at Tour de Taiwan; Dr. Freeman breaks silence on medical package contents; UK Sport has ‘serious concerns’ about British Cycling’s handling of Shane Sutton case; Italian federation hands down bans for pay-to-race scandal; With strong Classics showing Naesen ready for De Ronde; Cipollini laments state of Italian cycling, ‘We only have Nibali’; Joe Martin Stage Race kicks-off UCI racing in US; Tour of the Gila announces teams; L’Etape South Africa postponed due to poor road surfaces; Video: Ben King shows off riding in Lucca; Video: Hunt VI.
Dr. Richard Freeman, who is at the centre of a scandal involving British Cycling and Team Sky, finally broke his silence regarding the contents of a medical package sent from British Cycling to Team Sky for Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné. In a nine-page statement to the British Parliament select committee investigating the situation he insisted that the package only contained the decongestant Fluimucil, backing the testimony of Dave Brailsford.
Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.
Freeman, who had been scheduled to give testimony to the committee back in February, did admit that he failed to preserve medical records and that British Cycling and Team Sky did not keep an inventory of medicines. Team Sky said that the laptop on which he stored the records was stolen from Dr. Freeman while on holiday and that no other backups exist.
Damian Collins MP, the chair of the select committee, said Freeman’s evidence left “major questions outstanding for Team Sky and British Cycling. In particular, why were no backup medical records kept for Bradley Wiggins in 2011, beyond those on Dr. Freeman’s laptop computer? Why were there not more formal protocols enforced on recording keeping? And whose responsibility was it to make sure that Team Sky’s own stated policies were being enforced?”
The question as to why Fluimucil needed to be flown by someone all the way from Manchester, when it was readily available within driving distance, still lingered. Freeman echoed Team Sky’s claim that the particular type of Fluimucil nebuliser solution was available from only one overseas supplier, but admitted that he had on one occasion bought this type of Fluimucil from a pharmacy in Switzerland. He said Team Sky’s staff were too busy to go and therefore asked Wiggins’s coach Shane Sutton to have it sent out from Manchester. Sutton arranged for Simon Cope, the women’s road coach, to personally courier the parcel.
Click through to read more at The Telegraph.