Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 22, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jules wins Tour de la Provence opener; Cycling Australia appoints former Victorian premier Steve Bracks to head board; One step at a time: Teenage phenom Adrien Costa looks to build on breakthrough season; Stig Broeckx continuing to make progress in recovery; Hearing delayed for doctor at centre of UK Anti-Doping investigation; Boardman: Froome is a statesman of the sport; Liège-Bastogne-Liège announces wildcard teams, route changes; First year team Aqua Blue Sport racking up wildcard invites; Pay to watch cycling from the roadside?; Emirates joins as sponsor of Team UAE Abu Dhabi; NASCAR champions ride for cyclist safety; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Marianne Vos; Space Horse Disc – Loaded Touring.

Hearing delayed for doctor at centre of UK Anti-Doping investigation

by CyclingTips

The British Cycling and Team Sky doctor in the middle of the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) investigation into medical package delivered to Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine, Dr. Richard Freeman, was expected to testify before the British Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport select committee this Wednesday. However, that appearance has been delayed a week, suggesting new developments in the investigation.

UKAD’s chief executive Nicole Sapstead was also scheduled to testify on the same day. According to The Telegraph these schedules were based on her saying that the investigation had stalled but would be able “to draw conclusions and, to the extent possible, finalise the outcome of the investigation [into Team Sky and British Cycling], on the basis of the information and materials that have been made available to it, in advance of the evidence session.”

However, UKAD’s investigation has since continued with more interviews. The investigation has been unable to verify the claim of Team Sky’s Dave Brailsford that the package contained a harmless decongestant.

Former British Cycling employee Simon Cope, who transported the package in question, is scheduled to testify next week.

British Cycling is also expected to release the findings of its own independent investigation into allegations of bullying and other inappropriate behaviour next week.

Click through to read more at The Telegraph.