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Bradley Wiggins doctor pulls out of anti-doping select hearing due to illness
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com
The latest and potentially conclusive meeting of the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) anti-doping select committee takes place on Wednesday afternoon at the Palace of Westminster when the details of the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) investigation into Team Sky are expected to be revealed. Appearing at the meeting will be Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive of UKAD, and former British Cycling women's road manager Simon Cope, who delivered the now infamous Jiffy bag to Dr Richard Freeman and Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Critrium du Dauphin. The hearing, which is not under oath, was moved to March 1 to accommodate Cope who has been at a Team Wiggins training camp. Freeman had been scheduled to appear in front of the committee but the Press Association have reported that the doctor emailed thecommittee's chairman Damian Collins MP on Tuesday stating that he was too ill to attend. Freeman was set to face questions over the delivery and need for the package during the 2011 Dauphine, as well as the administration ofFluimucil given to Bradley Wiggins at the end of the race. According to the Guardian a spokesperson for the committee said that Freeman may have the options of supplying written testimony or face the committee at a later date. Freeman no longer works for Team Sky but has remained in his position at British Cycling.ADVERTISEMENT Julian Knight MP, part of the committee took to Twitter once news of Freeman's decision not to attend was made public. "News to me. I trust if true Dr Freeman recovers very soon and is then able to appear before us to answer important questions." The Jiffy-gate affair, as some have dubbed it, has now been running since last autumn, and, allied to questions over Team Sky's use of TUEs during Wiggins' Grand Tour schedules, prompted a UKAD investigation into both Sky and British Cycling. During the last DCMS hearing in December, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford informed the committee that team doctor Freeman had told him that the Jiffy bag delivered to Wiggins contained a decongestant. "It was Fluimucil," Brailsford said. Following that hearing, the committee, chaired by MP Damian Collins, requested that evidence was provided of this medication being administered to Wiggins.
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Latest issue of Procycling out now
September 24, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com
Get this months Procycling, which investigates how Bradley Wiggins changed British cycling forever. In the light of his crowning triumph " gold in the team pursuit at Rio " and just months before he retires from the sport, we assess the impact of the Londoners incredible career. In the light of the recent revelations about Wigginss usage of a corticosteroid before his three last Grand Tours, which emerged after we went to press, the publics final memories of the 2012 Tour winner may be more complex than the rider himself would have hoped. We also interview Richie Porte, who proved his critics wrong by stringing together a great Tour de France despite some terrible luck along the way.ADVERTISEMENT Nicolas Portal is Team Skys master tactician and the man who has guided Chris Froome to three Tour de France victories. We ask him what his secrets are. With the Olympics still fresh, we look back at the key moments from the road and track. We also spoke to Anna Van Der Breggen to find out how she overcame the emotional turmoil caused by seeing her unconscious team-mate Annamiek Van Vleuten lying in the road in the womens road race to take gold. Our Retro story relives the magical spring of 1981, when Giovanni Battaglin won the Giro and the Vuelta in a scintillating six-week period. Procycling also dropped in on the Bretagne Classic for our regular Race Culture feature. The old GP Ouest France-Plouay has been forced to make radical changes to keep its WorldTour status. Theres another wacky race in town, the brilliant Dwars door Het Hageland. The race is packed with gravel sections, cobbled climbs and farm tracks. The two-time Tour stage winner and now professional photographer Leon Van Bon sent us his photo essay. Plus, in our Debrief section we analyse all the action from the latest big races, including Greg Van Avermaets great Olympic road race victory and Bauke Mollemas deserved success in Clasica San Sebastian.
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