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by Shane Stokes
November 22, 2017
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Usually the “Story behind the story” series on CyclingTips is about articles that we ourselves worked upon. In this case, we are looking at the origins of an important story which surfaced in September 2016, and which has had a long and far-reaching effect on professional cycling.
The report, written by Daily Mail chief sports writer Matt Lawton, quoted an anonymous source who said that a mystery package was transported from Britain, via Switzerland, to France by Simon Cope, a British Cycling employee at the time.
It was brought to La Toussuire, the finish location of the final stage of the Critérium Dauphiné on June 12, 2011. Bradley Wiggins had just been crowned the winner of that race and, as would later emerge, was administered the contents of the package by Richard Freeman, who was then a Team Sky doctor.
Coming on the heels of a leak by Russian hackers Fancy Bears, which showed that Wiggins had received injections of the powerful corticosteroid triamcinolone on June 29, 2011 – as well as in June 2012 and April 2013 – the story was a huge one. The controversy over it was exacerbated when the team gave at least two untrue statements in seeking to explain the delivery.
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