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Thursday 02, Nov 2017

UCI Chief Wants To Totally Eliminate Mechanical Doping

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International Cycling Union (UCI) President David Lappartient has pledged to restore credibility of cycling in relation to the issue of mechanical doping.

Tests to prevent mechanical doping were introduced in 2016 but only one rider has been caught. Critics of UCI have raised questions on the robustness of the current testing protocol and determination of the world governing body of cycling to handle the matter.

Lappartient, who was elected president last September, had mentioned in his manifesto that he wants to totally eliminate mechanical doping from the sport. The UCI President has promised to outline his plans for the future by the end of the year before he would roll out a new program for detecting motors from the start of 2018.

The International Cycling Union chief also commented that we need to avoid any suspicion that we have it in our sport. Lappartient remarked it is really bad for our image and said he wants everyone to trust the credibility of the UCI. The Frenchman also remarked that he wants people to know that we are doing our best and checking in the most professional way. It was also commented by Lappartient that people should trust in the results of racing and this is what we have to deliver.

Lappartient said testing at races and events will become more robust in the coming year. The UCI President added heat guns would work alongside the criticized UCI tablets. Lappartient remarked the UCI concentrates on the top level, but we have to understand that we can have the same problem at all levels, even at mass participation events. The chief of International Cycling Union added it would be a disaster to see a guy at this low level using this kind of technology just to get his name in the newspaper.

Lappartient said Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has asked the cycling’s world governing body to work on tackling the menace of mechanical doping. The UCI chief said we will be ready for the next season and during the winter we will make some announcement on this, probably at the beginning of December.

Less than a month after the election of Lappartient, a French amateur rider was caught with a motor in his bike at a local race. The incident highlighted the fear of many that mechanical doping had already spread to all levels of racing.

Lappartient also advocated for a reduction in team sizes to six riders per team. The newly elected UCI president also made a vow to stop the use of race radios in the sport over concerns that it may result in race fixing. Lappartient said the connection officially goes from a team car to the rider and added there is however nothing technologically that prevents him or anyone from calling the wearer of the yellow jersey during a stage of the Tour. The Frenchman said there have been no claims regarding the adverse use of race radios, but he wants to address the issue before it arise like that of mechanical and biological doping.

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Tuesday 19, Sep 2017

Cookson Claims Substantial Support In UCI President Re-Election Bid

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International Cycling Union (UCI) President Brian Cookson has claimed he has the support of 30 of the 45 votes required to be re-elected as chief of the world governing body of cycling at the world governing body’s Congress.

Cookson claimed he has received a good response from the voting delegates. The 66-year-old Briton suggested he has enough support to secure a second term and added those who vote against him may have some small political concerns.

Brian added he has a track record that anyone can examine. The UCI President added Ireland’s Pat McQuaid whom he defeated in a bitter election campaign four years ago has been actively campaigning for his rival David Lappartient. Cookson claimed the Frenchman had offered him the position of UCI Honorary President. The world governing body of cycling’s chief added he had of course seen the declarations Pat McQuaid has made recently in support of David in the media and he had also been shown proof that Pat is actively lobbying on David’s behalf and went on to say that the appointment of McQuaid in a senior role at the UCI would be a grave concern for anyone who can recall the disastrous situation that the UCI was in just four-years ago under his leadership.

Cookson said he is focused on running his own campaign with the support of people who have contributed to restoring trust in our sport, to take cycling forward and build on the great achievements we have had over the past four years. The International Cycling Union President said it is however disappointing that David Lappartient has not come out renouncing the support of Pat McQuaid, but having hosted Pat and other former executives at the first Elite European Road Championships in France last year and added he is not surprised as that speaks volumes for the devastating direction David would take the UCI in if he wins next week’s election.

    The 66-year-old Cookson has prioritized ensuring equal opportunities for men and women to participate and compete, championing cycling for transport and leisure, and accelerating international development. The UCI President also expressed his desire to build on restored credibility and ensure the world governing body of cycling continues to drive excellence in operations. Cookson blasted everyone who placed doubts on his leadership skills by saying he was the one who put his head above the parapet when the sport was engulfed with doping and corruption allegations coming from everywhere, if you talk about leadership, no-one else wanted to take that on and challenge the status quo and the people who had run cycling into the ground in the previous period.

Lappartient claimed the emails from McQuaid were a personal act on his part. Lappartient claimed it has been reported that McQuaid has sent an email to a couple of delegates, whom he knows, by telling them his personal opinion about Brian Cookson and therefore calling on them to support his candidature. Lappartient added this was a personal act of McQuaid and not on his demand.

McQuaid admitted he had sent an email to voting delegates of UCI in support of Lappartient but claimed suggestions of such a deal was “absolute rubbish.”

Europe has the largest bloc with 15 delegates and the voters include nine delegates each from Africa, the Americas and Asia, with three more from Oceania.

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Friday 18, Aug 2017

Former Olympic Cycling Champion Fails Doping Test

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Samuel Sanchez, the former Olympic champion from Spain, has been suspended with immediate effect after testing positive for banned growth hormones, according to an announcement by the world governing body of cycling.

The 39-year-old Sanchez, who won the 2008 Olympic road race in Beijing and five individual stages in the Vuelta a Espana between 2005 and 2007 as well as an individual stage on the 2011 Tour de France, will now miss this year’s Vuelta that begins on Saturday in France.

In a statement, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) said on its website that Samuel Sanchez had been notified of an “Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) of GHRP-2” from an out-of-competition test on August 9th. The UCI added Sanchez has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample in accordance with UCI Anti-Doping Rules. It added the rider has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair.

The governing body also remarked the doping control was planned and carried out by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, the independent body mandated by the UCI, in charge of defining and implementing the anti-doping strategy in cycling.

GHRP-2 refers to GH-Releasing Peptides (GHRPs) that are classified as “Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics” on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2017 Prohibited List. It is commonly used to increase lean body mass, reduce fat, and improve aerobic performance.

Team BMC Racing of Sanchez immediately announced his suspension and announced the rider would be replaced by Loic Vliegen in the Vuelta. In a statement, BMC said Sanchez has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect in accordance with BMC Racing Team’s zero tolerance policy and UCI regulation. The statement also reads that no further action will be taken until the results of the B sample are provided. The team also commented that all riders and staff are held to the highest ethical standard and BMC Racing Team is extremely disappointed to share this news on the eve of the Vuelta a Espana.

Sanchez vehemently denied doping allegations and remarked the positive test was a ‘total surprise.’ The cyclist added the lawyers have told him not to make statements because we have to wait for the result of the analysis of the B sample. The 2008 Olympic Road Race Champion said he is nearing the end of his professional career and it makes no sense for him to dope at this stage.

Sanchez, who turned pro in 2000 and who has been riding for BMC Racing since 2014, was expected to announce his retirement after Vuelta a Espana. BMC re-signed Sanchez for the 2015 season and his role was described by the team’s sporting manager Allan Peiper as similar to that in 2014, but with a greater focus on supporting and developing the team’s younger riders. The Spanish professional road bicycle racer had proven himself in hilly classics and stage races as one of the most important riders in the peloton in recent years. Known as one of the best descenders in the peloton, Sanchez won the Vuelta a Burgos in 2010, the Tour of the Basque Country in 2012, and five stages of the Vuelta a España.

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Thursday 10, Aug 2017

Colorado Classic Shuts Door On Lance Armstrong

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The organizer of the Colorado Classic race has withdrawn its association with the Stages podcast of Lance Armstrong, the American former professional road racing cyclist.

The former professional cyclist will now not be able to earn money from the new Colorado Classic stage race this week (August 10-13) after the race organizer decided to pull the offer of hosting his podcast because of his lifetime doping ban. The disgraced cyclist was expected to bring his fresh and informed cycling perspective to the inaugural event with daily podcasts similar to his Stages Tour de France podcast that was downloaded five million times that placed him in the iTunes top 10 for downloads in July.

It is widely believed that the pressure, including the possibility of losing its 2.HC ranking, saw Colorado Classic organizer RPM cancel its plans. Ben Davis, a spokesman, said we in light of the concerns expressed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency have came to a mutual agreement that it is in the best interest of the Colorado Classic to cancel the marketing partnership with the ‘Stages’ podcast.”

In a statement, race spokesman Curtis Hubbard earlier had remarked that we have been informed of rules that could limit broadcast of the ‘Stages’ podcast from the upcoming Colorado Classic and added we are seeking additional guidance and will make a decision on how to proceed after further consultation with USADA and producers of the podcast. Hubbard added the UCI-sanctioned race has engaged in a “media partnership” with Lance Armstrong that would have included covering specific expenses related to the podcast but has no input with regard to content and production.

The partnership of Armstrong made USADA upset. The United States Anti-Doping Agency in its Reasoned Decision in 2012 had revealed that the cyclist made use of banned performance enhancing drugs throughout his career in which he won seven Tour de France titles.

USADA remarked it has only “advised” race organizers on the rules. A USADA spokesperson said an ineligible individual under the World Anti-Doping Agency Code may not have an official role in relation to a sanctioned event such as the Colorado Classic.

Previously, Colorado Classic officials had said they were “blown away” by the expansive reach of the podcast of Lance Armstrong during the Tour de France. The officials added his commentary as a potential boost toward reviving the popularity of professional cycling through “the biggest audience in cycling.” Ken Gart, chairman of the organization formed to put on the race, had said that he thinks Armstrong has an emotional attachment to racing in Colorado. Gart also commented if we were launching his new strategy, that would be one thing but with 5 million downloads, this will help us connect with that serious cycling audience.

The Colorado Classic combines food, drink, and music in a festival atmosphere with the race that will feature stops in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and Denver. The field includes 16 men’s and 13 women’s teams, with riders from 23 countries and stage or overall winners from top international competitions.

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Thursday 29, Jun 2017

Portuguese Cyclist Cardoso Suspended For Doping

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Portuguese cyclist Andre Cardoso has been provisionally suspended after he failed a test for the banned blood-booster Erythropoietin (EPO), according to the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Cardoso had been included in Trek-Segafredo’s team for the Tour de France that includes Alberto Contador.

In a statement, the world governing body of cycling said the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that Portuguese rider Andre Cardoso was notified of an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) of Erythropoietin in a sample collected in the scope of an out-of-competition control on 18 June 2017.

Trek-Segafredo can still replace Cardoso in their nine-man squad for the Tour under the UCI rules, which is spearheaded by twice champion Contador and German John Degenkolb. The team later announced that Spanish veteran Haimar Zubeldia will replace Cardoso on its Tour squad. In a statement, Trek-Segafredo said we hold our riders and staff to the highest ethical standards and will act and communicate accordingly as more details become available.

The 32-year-old Cardoso had managed top-20 finishes in the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana. He was to be one of the domestiques of Contador in the mountains on the Tour de France that runs from July 1-23.

Since 2008, Cardoso has raced professionally. This was his first season with the Trek-Segafredo professional cycling team. Before this, Cardoso raced for four years with the Slipstream Sports outfit — first Garmin-Sharp, then Cannondale-Garmin and Cannondale-Drapac.

In a statement, Andre Cardoso remarked that he has already requested his B sample to be tested. Cardoso also said that getting the chance to ride at the pinnacle of professional cycling is the greatest honor he could ever hope for, and he was looking forward to doing his best for his team and himself at the Tour. The Portuguese cyclist also commented that he believes in clean sport and had always conducted himself as a clean athlete, but he realizes that this news puts a dark cloud on not just himself but also on our sport and his team, teammates, and staff. Cardoso went on to add that those people are my friends and colleagues before anything else and for whom he had unlimited respect, and under no circumstances he would ever do something that could put them, their families or their reputations in jeopardy.

In the statement, Cardoso added he is fully aware that he will be presumed to be guilty and added but it is important to him to say that he is devastated by this news and he wanted to state that he had never taken any illegal substances. The cyclist from Portugal added that he had seen firsthand through his career the awful effects that performance enhancing drugs have had on our sport, and he would never want to be a part of that. Cardoso added he had always tried to be a constructive influence in the peloton and on young, aspiring cyclists and added it is his great hope that the B sample will come back as negative and will clear him of any wrongdoing.

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Saturday 13, May 2017

Nicola Ruffoni Blames Positive Test On Prostate Infection

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Bardiani-CSF rider Nicola Ruffoni, who was prevented from starting on eve of the 100th Giro d’Italia after testing positive for human growth hormone, has blamed the positive test on prostate infection.

Ruffoni and his teammate Stefano Pirazzi tested positive for growth hormones GH-Releasing Peptides (GHRPs) on April 25 and 26, respectively. The results went public 12 hours before the Giro set off from Alghero.

Ruffoni wrote on his Facebook page that he is trying to give a logical explanation of what happened to him by reliving what he did in the last month before the test. The provisionally-suspended rider also commented that the thing that might have been associated with the presence of growth hormone in his urine could be a strong prostate infection he suffered in the period from March 20 to April 20, and that forced him to stop riding and to take antibiotics. Ruffoni added he will therefore turn to an expert endocrinologist for information on this.

The cyclist also said that he is very much aware that his cycling career is at risk but he is equally aware that he had not tried to cheat. Ruffoni added he will therefore calmly wait the counter-analysis and try to defend his credibility to the fullest.

Race’s director, Mauro Vegni, said the damage is done already after hearing about news of the positive tests. Vegni added he is sorry for the Giro, for Italian cycling, and that team represented Italian cycling and added it shows that you have to keep your attention high for doping, because unfortunately, there is always an idiot. Vegni added it happened, it is sad, but the Giro has so much more to it.

The B samples of Ruffoni and Pirazzi are being analyzed to confirm the results of the initial tests. A disciplinary hearing will be opened by the world governing body of cycling, the UCI, where the riders could present their cases.

In a statement, the team sponsors said the news of non-negativity to the doping test of two GreenTeam athletes, on the eve of the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia has struck us and leaves us bewildered. The statement also reads we cannot do nothing, but only dissociate from what happened. The sponsor’s statement also reads that we have chosen to sponsor a young team, launching many of them and focusing on values such as daily work and struggle. The statement added we affirm our choice and want to push even more on it and also said in fact two bad apples can be removed and replaced by four healthy apples.

Bruno Reverberi, manager of Bardiani-CSF, has tried to distance himself and his Italian team as he fights to keep the all-Italian outfit alive. Reverberi said he found out about the positives at 6pm and called race director Mauro Vegni. Bruno added the UCI decided to put out their press release in the evening so as to not spoil the party atmosphere of the team presentation.

Bardiani-CSF now face a suspension of 15-45 days under article 7.12.1 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, subject to the decision of the UCI Disciplinary Commission.

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Friday 07, Apr 2017

Lance Armstrong Doping Doctor Receives Suspended Sentence

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Dr. Michele Ferrari, the infamous coach and sports doctor, has been found guilty of doping Italian biathlete Daniel Taschler by a court in Bolzano.

Ferrari, who was banned for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for doping Lance Armstrong and other athletes from the US Postal Service team, was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 4,500 Euro. He was also asked to pay 15,000 Euro as part of a civil verdict to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Taschler was given a nine-month suspended sentence. The biathlete’s father, who was a one-time Italian Biathlon nation coach and vice-president of the International Biathlon Federation, was given a one-year sentence.

During the investigation, police used phone taps to listen in on conversations between Dr. Ferrari and Taschler. It was believed by prosecutors that the conversations included instructions on how to take EPO and details of secret telephone numbers where Dr. Ferrari could be contacted. The biathlete’s father had pushed his son to work with Dr. Ferrari as a way to boost his athletic career.

The investigation was sparked by the Padua investigation that assisted uncover financial payments from Armstrong to Dr. Ferrari and other evidence. This investigation was moved to Bolzano as the first contact between Taschler and Dr. Ferrari is alleged to have occurred near home of the biathlete.

This is the first instance when Dr. Ferrari has been found guilty of doping in a court. It is despite him having a long history of doping accusations going back to the early nineties when the big benefits of Erythropoietin (EPO) were first discovered. Previously, Dr. Ferrari was found guilty of sporting fraud and illegally working as a pharmacist in 2006 after testimony from former rider Filippo Simeoni. Simeoni said that Ferrari had advised him on how to use EPO and Testosterone. However, Ferrari was later cleared on appeal of the latter charge as the slow legal process in Italy and the statue of limitations allowed him to avoid the case reaching a final verdict. In 2000, doping became a crime in Italy and it was only then that prosecutors found it easy to persue doctors and athletes who dope.

In 2002, Ferrari was banned for life by the Italian Cycling Federation but he made an appeal to a regional court to have the ban lifted because of a rule change of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Ferrari had then claimed that he was not properly notified by the talian Olympic Committee (CONI) and every licenced athlete of his ban. Several riders were banned for just three months in the past as it was claimed by them that they did not know Ferrari had been banned in 2002.

The infamous coach and sports doctor is infamous for comparing Erythropoietin to orange juice in 1994 when he used to work with the Gewiss team that dominated racing at the time. Ferrari had told L’Equipe and other European media that EPO is not dangerous, it is the abuse that is and he had also added that it is also dangerous to drink 10 liters of orange juice.

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Friday 03, Mar 2017

Team Sky Has No Record Of Medication Of Cyclists

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A scathing attack was launched on British Cycling, Team Sky, and their doctor Richard Freeman by UK Anti-Doping boss Nicole Sapstead for failing to keep proper records of drugs given to riders in their care.

Sapstead made an appearance before the Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) select committee that is investigating allegations of wrongdoing in British cycling since September. The committee received information about a package delivered to Team Sky doctor Freeman for star rider Bradley Wiggins at the end of the Criterium du Dauphine race in June 2011. Sapstead remarked 34 current and former riders and staff members at British Cycling and Team Sky have been interviewed by UK Anti-Doping.

In a shocking revelation, the UK Anti-Doping boss remarked her organization is still unaware whether the legal decongestant Fluimucil was in the package as claimed by Freeman. It is alleged that the packed contained the banned corticosteroid Triamcinolone. Sapstead said we are not able to confirm or refute that it contained Fluimucil and also said we have asked for inventories and medical records and we have not been able to ascertain that because there are no records.

Sapstead said Freeman is unable to produce any evidence that he gave what was an unlicensed product in the UK to Wiggins, as he is obliged to do under correct medical practice as there are simply no records. Sapstead also added that Freeman medical records on a laptop and he was meant, according to Team Sky policy, to upload those records to a dropbox that the other team doctors had access to and also commented but Freeman did not do that and his laptop was stolen in 2014 when he was on holiday in Greece. Sapstead also said Freeman, who was effectively working for both British Cycling and its road racing off-shoot Team Sky, ordered and stored medicines for riders at Manchester headquarters of the governing body and there was no clear separation between which drug was for which outfit.

Freeman was scheduled to appear before the committee but told chairman Damian Collins MP he was too ill to attend.

Sapstead went on to remark that there is simply no record of Fluimucil being ordered by Freeman though there are invoices for Kenalog, a brand name for Triamcinolone. Britain’s most decorated Olympian Bradley Wiggins controversially received therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to use Triamcinolone before his three most important races in 2011, 2012 and 2013, including his 2012 Tour de France victory. The UK Anti-Doping boss also remarked the British Cycling medical store held a significant amount of Kenalog that suggested the drug was being used by more than one rider but access to every rider’s medical files would be required before coming out with a statement.

Sapstead also said he could not “confirm or deny” if Bradley Wiggins was actually given Triamcinolone on the final day of the Dauphine that would have resulted in an anti-doping rule violation because he did not have a TUE to use it in that race because of the missing records of Freeman.

Wiggins had claimed that he required the drug for preventing a flare-up of pollen-related breathing problems that is associated with his history of asthma.

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Wednesday 15, Feb 2017

Armstrong Fails To Block Government Lawsuit

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Lance Armstrong, the American former professional road racing cyclist, has lost his bid to block a $100m (£79m) lawsuit by the US government.

The U.S. Justice Department had accused the cyclist, who had won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005, before he was banned for life and stripped of his titles, of defrauding the government by accepting millions of dollars in sponsorship money from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency accused Armstrong in a report of engineering one of the most sophisticated doping schemes in sports.

On Monday, a federal judge cleared the way for a U.S. government lawsuit that seeks nearly $100 million in damages from the former professional cyclist to go to trial. Judge Christopher Cooper of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote in a 37-page ruling that the Court must deny Armstrong’s motion for summary judgment on this issue because the government has offered evidence that Armstrong withheld information about the team’s doping and use of PEDs and that the anti-doping provisions of the sponsorship agreements were material to USPS’s decision to continue the sponsorship and make payments under the agreements.

Armstrong’s cycling team, the now-defunct Tailwind Sports Corp, received around $32.3 million from USPS from 2000 to 2004. Cooper said in his ruling USPS looked to capitalize on the Tour de France victories of Armstrong as well as his “compelling personal story.” The US federal government now wants the money back and Armstrong may likely end up paying triple under the False Claims Act.

In defense, the attorney of Armstrong claimed USPS suffered no damages and received far more in value from the sponsorship than the amount paid by it. The Judge responded by saying the argument should be decided by a jury at trial.

Cooper wrote the Court concludes that the monetary amount of the benefits USPS received is not sufficiently quantifiable to keep any reasonable juror from finding that the agency suffered a net loss on the sponsorship, especially if one considers the adverse effect on the Postal Service’s revenues and brand value that may have resulted from the negative publicity surrounding the subsequent investigations of Armstrong’s doping and his widely publicized confession. The Judge also said determination of damages must therefore be left to a jury and the Court accordingly declines to grant Armstrong summary judgment on damages and will set the case for trial.

The former cyclist admitted to making use of banned performance enhancing drugs in seven of his Tour wins.

In another development, Armstrong’s former directeur sportif Johan Bruyneel poured scorn on legendary cyclist Greg LeMond. Bruyneel said LeMond has an unnatural obsession with tarnishing the reputation of Lance Armstrong. Bruyneel, who is currently serving a 10-year ban for his involvement in doping, said LeMond has realized that people are less and less outraged by Lance, because it has become clear that he was only one of many who were doping, and that is why LeMond is now looking for something new with which to tarnish his name. Armstrong’s former directeur sportif added LeMond is not going to manage it and went on to comment that they can keep trying until the year 3000 and they are not going to find mechanical doping.

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Sunday 08, Jan 2017

UK Anti-Doping Chief Criticizes Cycling Chiefs

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David Kenworthy, the chairman of UK Anti-Doping, has termed answers provided by figures within British Cycling and Team Sky to the Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on anti-doping about a mystery medical package delivered to Bradley Wiggins as “very disappointing”.

UK Anti-Doping has been investigating allegations of wrongdoing in cycling ever since news broke out that a mystery medical package was delivered to a Team Sky doctor for the British cyclist on the final day of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine that Wiggins went on to win.

Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford told MPs on the select committee that former Team Sky medic Dr Richard Freeman told him that the pack contained a legal decongestant called Fluimucil. Brailsford suggested the medical records of Bradley Wiggins had been provided to UK Anti-Doping for verifying his explanation.

On the other hand, British Cycling president Bob Howden had told MPs that he was not aware of the package’s identity that was delivered by Simon Cope, a coach then employed by British Cycling. Howden said documentary evidence of the medication would be supplied.

Kenworthy said there is still no definite answer from anyone who was involved. Kenworthy, who is stepping down from his UKAD role soon, added he still does not know what was in the package and also commented that he is no near finding out than others. The chairman of UK Anti-Doping added people could remember a package that was delivered to France, they can remember who asked for it, they can remember the route it took, who delivered it, the times it arrived and said the select committee has got expense sheets and travel documents. Kenworthy added it is extremely strange that no one can remember what was in the package but everybody can remember this from five years ago and that is extraordinary and very disappointing for him.

Reacting to the Fluimucil explanation, Kenworthy said that is what Dave Brailsford came out with at the hearing. Kenworthy also raised suspicion on Simon Cope and said here is an individual who is carrying a package containing medicine across international boundaries, and he has no idea what is in them. Kenworthy also commented that one could say he could be putting himself at risk if they are drugs that one could not properly transport. Kenworthy warned we are not giving up on this, and we will dig and delve and find out what was in that package.

Kenworthy, referring to the retirement of Wiggins, added one of the tragedies of all this is you have got probably one of the greatest cyclists that the UK has produced, who is just coming to his retirement, and all the talk is not about the successes that he has had, but about this package.

The comments of Kenworthy are likely to put increased pressure on the Team Sky boss, who has been at the receiving end of intense scrutiny since his appearance before the select committee. Critics have been questioning why an innocuous decongestant was delivered all the way from the Manchester headquarters of Team Sky to France, when it could have been easily sourced locally.

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