Although it declined to file any anti-doping rule violations for Team Sky or Bradley Wiggins over the so-called ‘jiffy bag’, last year, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) issued a scathing laundry list of deficiencies to British Cycling over its medical procedures, and said delays by British Cycling (BC) to notify them of the case at all “could have potentially compromised our investigation with possible loss of evidence”.
The admonishment by UKAD was made public today by British Cycling after media outlets including the BBC filed Freedom of Information requests to see the letters, only to be repeatedly refused by the anti-doping body.
The letter revealed potentially damaging heel-dragging by British Cycling at the start of the case. “Despite being aware of allegations in relation to the 2011 package, British Cycling were slow to inform UKAD of these,” the letter signed by UKAD CEO Nicole Sapstead wrote.
“Failure to inform UKAD at the time that individuals within British Cycling became aware of such suspicions or allegations meant that this story had already reached a number of individuals before UKAD was informed, and thus able to act. That only hindered our efforts.”
In October, 2016, the Daily Mail published a report of a medical delivery from British Cycling to Team Sky at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine. It was revealed that Simon Cope was sent using BC funds to France to deliver the package to Bradley Wiggins at the behest of team doctor Richard Freeman.
According to the UKAD letter, the investigation began the month before the Daily Mail article. It sparked an investigation and drew the attention of Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport select committee.
- British Cycling publishes letter from UKAD
- Cope: I don’t know what was in the package for Team Sky
- UKAD investigation rolls on as Brailsford’s parliamentary questioning looms
- Timeline of UKAD investigation into Team Sky and British Cycling
- Brailsford dodges questions about UKAD investigation at Team Sky’s Mallorca camp
- Cope feels ‘stitched up’ over role in Team Sky mystery-package saga
- UKAD reveals Freeman received delivery of testosterone
- UCI asks UKAD to assess former Sky rider Edmondson’s injection claims
- Strong and Stable? Dave Brailsford’s year of saying nothing
- Select Committee report to reflect concerns over Team Sky and British Cycling
Medical room chaos
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