Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 14, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Démare wins GP de Denain; Team USA defends women’s team pursuit world title in thrilling race over Australia; Whistleblower claims Team Sky breached ‘no needles’ policy; Specialized takes blame for component failure causing Terpstra’s Paris-Roubaix crash; Did spectator try to pull Stybar’s arm in Roubaix velodrome?; Specialized CEO Sinyard ‘I believe truly that two years from now everybody will be riding disc brakes’; Gilbert on rivals at Brabantse Pijl: I let them lose; Nizzolo finally over injury, set to return at Tour of Croatia; Battle on the Border postponed; Boonen enjoying retirement; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 1 highlights; Video: Van der Poel catching air over Meeusen; Video: Celebrating British Cycling.

Whistleblower claims Team Sky breached ‘no needles’ policy

by CyclingTips

While the amount of information coming out of the British Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport select committee hearing looking into the culture of British Cycling has slowed, Press Association Sport reports that a whistle-blower has since told the committee and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) that some Team Sky doctors used intravenous recovery methods in 2010 and continued to do so despite a UCI ban, which Team Sky publicly supported.

The source claims that Team Sky hired Dr. Fabio Bartalucci in 2010 because of his expertise in IV recovery, and that Dr. Richard Freeman continued the practise, but out of competition so not technically a violation of the UCI ‘no needles’ policy. However, some medical staff quit over the issue believing it was ethically wrong.

The report said the whistle-blower also told UKAD the team used Therapeutic Use Exemption certificates for both health and performance reasons. TUE certificates were leaked by Russian hackers ahead of the Rio Olympics and revealed that Bradley Wiggins had one for injections of the corticosteroid Triamcinolone acetonide prior to the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France and the 2013 Giro d’Italia.

UKAD investigated a mystery medical package sent to Dr. Freeman from British Cycling for Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine. Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford said it contained Fluimucil, but UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead confirmed in March the allegation the package contained triamcinolone and that it was given to Wiggins straight after his win at the Dauphine, in violation of anti-doping rules.

This adds to the mounting allegations against Team Sky and their medical practices, as well as the involvement of British Cycling.

Click through to read more at The Guardian.