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by Mark Zalewski
February 1, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel takes Dubai Tour opener; Route announcement: Mt. Baldy summit, Big Bear TT to be decisive stages for 2017 Amgen Tour of California; Route details announced for 2017 Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race; No longer backing Contador, Majka stepping up a level in Grand Tours; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 24: Genevieve Jeanson on making peace with a tainted past; Back from the brink: The merger that saved IsoWhey-SwissWellness and the year ahead; Froome ready for Jayco Herald Sun Tour; Twenty teams to race 22nd Tour de Langkawi; Ciolek and Gerdemann retire; Simon Cope vows to clear his name; British Parliamentary group to investigate legal bias against cyclists; Video: Heroics in Bieles; Video: Interview with Christine Majerus; Video: Equipment for cyclocross.
Simon Cope, the former British Cycling staffer at the centre of the Bradley Wiggins medical package controversy, told The Times that he wants to clear his name — and he will have that opportunity in February as he has been called to testify for the British Parliament’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport select committee investigating doping in sport.
“I’m pretty p***** off really that my name’s getting dragged through it. I’m the monkey in this – it’s the organ grinders you want to ask,” he told The Times.
“I want to clear it up because I’m fed up with my name being dragged through the mud. To this day, hand on heart, I do not know what was in there. I was asked to do a job.
Cope was the courier of the medical package sent to Team Sky for Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine by Dr. Richard Freeman. Cope has since left British Cycling and works for Team Wiggins. Dave Brailsford and Shane Sutton have already given testimony to the committee.
“I don’t see why my name is up there with Dave [Brailsford], Shane [Sutton], the doctor [Richard Freeman] and Brad. I was told by senior management, ‘we want you to do that’ or ‘do this.’”
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