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by Mark Zalewski
October 8, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Updated: Fourteen months later, USADA hands Tom Danielson four-year sanction; UK Anti-Doping investigate Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky; Former British Cycling head critical of Shane Sutton review panel; Dowsett and Cummings to race for Team GB in World Championships time trial; Annemiek Van Vleuten extends with ORICA-AIS; UCI announces applicants for WorldTour, ProContinenal licenses; Keegan Girdlestone continues long recovery; Ownership change at RCS Mediagroup could affect Italian races; Hamilton takes over yellow with stage win at Tour of Tasmania; Kiel Reijnen withdraws from World Championship; Podium Ambition Team will not register as UCI team in 2017; New Doha Cycling Team postpones start to 2018 due to earthquake in Italy; The Longest Journey; Little Trail Hunter.
Along with the recent furor surrounding Team Sky and Bradly Wiggins over potential abuse of the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system comes reports that UK Anti-Doping is investigating the team over a suspicious medical package that was delivered to Sky officials ahead of the 2011 Tour de France.
British Cycling confirmed that a member of their coaching staff, Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman, travelled to La Toussuire in France with medication requested by Team Sky on June 12, 2011 — the same day Wiggins won the Dauphine Libere. British Cycling did not identify the substance nor the rider, citing patient-doctor confidentiality.
The team responded to the allegations with a simple statement. “We take any issues such as this very seriously and immediately conducted an internal review to establish the facts. We are confident there has been no wrongdoing. We informed British Cycling of the allegation and asked them to contact UKAD, who we will continue to liaise with.”
The report cites multiple contradictions in initial attempts to explain the situation. When asked if Dr. Freeman met with Wiggins on the team bus after the stage, Team Sky’s head Dave Brailsford said the bus had already left before Wiggins was done with the podium. But a video surfaced showing Wiggins at the team bus after the stage.
As well, an explanation was offered that the medication was actually for Emma Pooley. However, Pooley has stated she was in Spain at that time.
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