Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 17, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Hidden motor inventor Varjas claims technological fraud still possible despite UCI checks; BMC Racing Team president Ochowicz ‘very confident’ in Porte’s Tour de France chances; Cookson urges Brailsford to reveal contents of medical package; Five questions for Dave Brailsford; Moreno Hofland on his new team; Edward Theuns calls the 2017 season ‘A rehabilitation year’; Aqua Blue Sport names roster for inaugural race; Androni-Giocattoli gets ProContinental license from UCI, no word on TJ Sport; Video shows Britain’s transport secretary dooring cyclist; Stölting Service Group team folds; NFTO closes after no replacement sponsor found; Japanese cyclocross racer forced to leave Belgium; Top Irish track rider Caroline Ryan retires; UCI Cyclcross World Championships teaser.

Five questions for Dave Brailsford

by CyclingTips

Dave Braislford is set to go before the British Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport select committee next week as it looks into doping in sport, following allegations and criticism of abuse of the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system, as well as the contents of a mystery medical package sent to Bradley Wiggins during the 2012 Dauphine Libere.

Chris Froome has the traditional glass of champagne with David Brailsford en route to the Champs-Élysées at the 2013 Tour de France.

Chris Froome has the traditional glass of champagne with David Brailsford en route to the Champs-Élysées at the 2013 Tour de France.

Paul Dimeo, a Senior Lecturer of Health Sciences and Sport at the University of Stirling, offers five questions, along with very good background, for committee members to ask the Team Sky boss.

If there was no breaking of any rules, why wasn’t this a matter of public record much earlier? And did [Wiggins’] use of this medicine so close to competition have an effect?

Does the legal use of medicines that have a performance-enhancing effect also count towards marginal gains and would such an approach fit with WADA’s idea of the “spirit of sport”?

Can Brailsford reveal what was in the [mystery medical] package and why the contents have not already been explained?

While tramadol is legal, it is a highly powerful drug and is the subject of an an investigation by the International Olympic Committee. Does Tiernan-Locke’s claim have any substance?

Can he explain why [Team Sky refused to join the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC)], an organisation which, on the face of it, is aligned with a strong anti-doping stance?

Click through to read more at The Conversation.

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