UKAD ends Sky investigation; Wiggins speaks of witch hunt: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

November 16, 2017

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Wiggins speaks of witch hunt, says he is assessing legal options

by VeloClub

Following this morning’s statement by UK Anti Doping that it has not been able to prove or disprove that a package delivered to Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins in 2011 contained a legal medication, and was therefore dropping its investigation, Wiggins has issued a strongly-worded response.

The former professional is critical of how he said he was treated, has asserted his innocence and made clear that he may take legal action. He has also called for the anonymous source which revealed the existence of the package to be made public.

“Being accused of any doping indiscretion is the worst possible thing for any professional sportsperson, especially when it is without any solid factual basis and you know the allegation to be categorically untrue,” he said in the statement.

“I have kept my silence throughout this period to allow UKAD to conduct their investigation in the most professional way possible and so as not to undermine it. This is despite widespread and unfounded speculation in the press, being hounded on my door step and having commentators and professional riders wading in without knowing all the facts.

“This period of time has been a living hell for me and my family, full of innuendo and speculation. At times it has felt nothing less than a malicious witch hunt.” Wiggins said that he welcomed UKAD’s confirmation that no anti-doping charges are to be brought in relation to the delivery of the package. It was transported by-then British Cycling employee Simon Cope from England to France via Switzerland, being delivered on the final day of the Critérium du Dauphiné and administered to Wiggins by the-then team doctor Richard Freeman.

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