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British Members of Parliament seeking to uncover the full truth over a mystery package delivered to Bradley Wiggins in June 2011 have encountered further frustration. The questioning Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee inquiry heard on Wednesday that there is no proof to back up their claims that the delivery contained a substance permitted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman, who is understood to have administered the contents of the package to Wiggins on the final day of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, informed the committee on Tuesday that he would not be attending due to illness. He had previously been requested to appear.
MPs heard on Wednesday that Freeman has told the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) personnel looking into the case that his laptop was stolen while on holiday in 2014 and, consequently, that he has no records to show what the package contained.
Team Sky Principal Dave Brailsford had previously said at a hearing in December that the package had contained a legal decongestant. Brailsford also claimed there was nothing unusual with former British Cycling employee Simon Cope being asked to travel from Britain via Switzerland to deliver a product that was available for less than ten euro in pharmacies close to where the race was taking place.
While Freeman did not attend the hearing, Cope did turn up and was questioned over the delivery of the package. He claimed that he never asked what was in the bag he was containing, saying that he made the trip without questions because he wanted to ensure he had a job for the future. He said that the role he had at the time had shrunk and he was concerned at possibly being laid off.
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