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No charges over Team Sky's 'mystery' Wiggins package

From BBC - November 15, 2017

There will be no charges over a amystery' medical package delivered for Sir Bradley Wiggins at the Criterium du Dauphine in 2011, says UK Anti-Doping.

The ruling follows an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at British Cycling and Team Sky.

It was alleged the package contained a banned substance but the doctor involved, Dr Richard Freeman, said it was a legal decongestant - fluimucil.

Ukad said it had been "unable" to prove the package contained fluimucil.

The 14-month investigation has been closed and a Ukad statement said it would only "revisit matters if new and material information were to come to light" but they had "exhausted all the investigative possibilities open to it at this stage, and it is therefore not actively pursuing any further lines of enquiry in relation to the package".

A statement on the organisation's website added: "Put simply, due to the lack of contemporaneous evidence, UKAD has been unable to definitively confirm the contents of the package.

"The significant likelihood is that it is now impossible to do so."

Ukad chief executive Nicole Sapstead said: "Our investigation was hampered by a lack of accurate medical records being available at British Cycling. This is a serious concern.

"As part of their conditions to receive public funding from UK Sport and other Home Country Sports Councils, all sports governing bodies must comply with the UK National Anti-Doping Policy.

"In this case the matter was further complicated by the cross over between personnel at British Cycling and Team Sky."

How did it get to this point?

Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford was questioned by a Culture, Media and Sport Committee last December and said he had been told by then-team doctor Freeman that "it was Fluimucil for a nebuliser".

Freeman, who was simultaneously employed by British Cycling and Team Sky between 2009 and 2015, missed the hearing through ill health but the DCMS committee was told that in 2014 he had a laptop containing medical records stolen.

As part of the investigation, Ukad interviewed 37 individuals, including current and former British Cycling and Team Sky riders, medical professionals and other staff.

From that, Ukad have established that:

Wiggins, who won the Criterium du Dauphine stage race in France and went on to become the first Briton to win the Tour de France the following year, said that, although he was treated with the drug on the evening of 12 June, he did not know what was in the package.

When Ukad started its investigation into the amystery' package, he and Brailsford were already under scrutiny over Wiggins' use of a banned steroid before races was leaked by hackers Fancy Bears.

Wiggins had sought therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to use banned anti-inflammatory drug triamcinoclone,for allergies and respiratory issues before the 2011 Tour de France, his 2012 Tour win and the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

The five-time Olympic champion, along with British Cycling and Team Sky has always denied any wrongdoing.

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