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by Mark Zalewski
March 4, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Yohann Gene wins fifth stage of La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, takes lead; From indoor superstar to cobbled spring races: Talking to Zwift Academy winner Leah Thorvilson; Valverde to miss Paris-Nice due to illness; Cancellara has Strade Bianche section named for him; Large quantities of corticosteroid triamcinolone ordered by Richard Freeman; Sagan says all or nothing with disc brakes; Virginia Commonwealth Classic race cancelled; Government support for Reading 120 race in question; SRAM-Fox Factory litigation costs mounting; Mysterious toilet plungers protecting cyclists; Video: Mavic #lesangjaune; Street Transformations – Manhattan’s Chrystie Street protected lane; Season X. Reflection.
Dr. Richard Freeman, who is at the centre of the UK Anti-Doping investigation into a medical package sent by British Cycling to Bradley Wiggins on the final day of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, had ordered a large amount of the corticosteroid triamcinolone at the same time and British Cycling says it can not account for it. Team Sky confirmed to Cyclingnews that Freeman advised he had treated some patients with triamcinolone.
Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.
UKAD CEO Nicole Sapstead told the British Parliament select committee hearing that it was an “excessive amount being ordered for one person or quite a few people with a similar problem.” The drug is permitted to be used out-of-competition as a powerful treatment for allergies. However, it is controversial as it has been used by athletes for rapid weight loss.
British Cycling chair Jonathan Browning said that the organisation did not know what the large amounts of triamcinolone had been used for as Dr. Freeman’s medical records had gone missing when his laptop was stolen while on holiday in 2014.
“As all of us sitting round the table believe it’s unacceptable that those records were not complete and clear and available,” Browning said.
“That’s not acceptable position. We will be following up exactly as I’ve said in reviewing our medical services and record keeping and we will be fixing these things.”
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