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by Mark Zalewski
March 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Colbrelli wins second rain-soaked Paris-Nice, Démare retains yellow; Team Sky riders consider asking Brailsford to step down; Dr. Freeman to be recalled by Parliament committee for testimony, but no Wiggins; Shane Sutton ultimately undone at British Cycling by mystery medical package?; British Cycling appoints new CEO, Julie Harrington, from Football Association; Michael Schär out with fractured collarbone; Paris-Nice weather taking toll on peloton; Lappartient re-elected as European Cycling Union president; Taxi passenger only given fine for dooring of cyclist, causing death; Cyclist seeking Good Samaritans who helped him after crash; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 2 highlights; On-board footage of Caleb Ewan’s win at Abu Dhabi Tour.
The British Cycling doctor at the centre of the mystery medical package sent to Team Sky rider Bradley Wiggins in 2011, Richard Freeman, will still face questions from the British Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport committee, as new revelations emerge involving his control over medical supplies. However, The Sunday Times reports that Wiggins himself will not face questioning, with the committee saying it is only concerned with the organisations and not athletes.
Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.
Freeman missed his previous appointment to testify before the committee, citing illness. Since then it has come to light that testosterone patches were delivered to British Cycling six years ago, with Freeman the one in charge of ordering medical supplies.
“I asked Dr. Freeman to repack and return it to the supplier, and to make sure they provided written confirmation that it was sent in error and had been received,” Steve Peters, British Cycling’s former head of medicine, told The Sunday Times. “I was satisfied that this was simply an administrative error and it wasn’t necessary to escalate it further.”
Additionally, it is alleged that other Team Sky doctors on staff were wary of Wiggins’ Therapeutic Use Exemption for triamcinolone for a pollen allergy. The then head of medicine Alan Farrell said that in early September 2013 the team blocked an attempt by Freeman to obtain another TUE for Wiggins. Subsequently, the team changed its policy requiring two team doctors to sign-off on any TUE application.
MP Collins seems to be losing patience with the Team Sky staff. “I would like to ask Team Sky, ‘What are your governance processes in relation to medication records and doctors’ notes because there don’t appear to have been any.’ Something like 70 doses of triamcinolone were ordered and there does not appear to have been any policing of the doctors or records of what it was used for.”
Click through to read more at The Sunday Times.