Key witnesses who expected to be interviewed by UK Anti Doping as part of the investigation into the Linda McCartney team, have confirmed that they have never been contacted by the British anti-doping authority.
The UKAD investigation into the British team was first announced in December 2012, after The Times newspaper passed on witness testimony of doping to UK Anti-Doping, yet there appears to have been little or no follow-up by UKAD in the aftermath.
Sean Yates who was a sport’s director on the team, as well Max Sciandri and Matt Stephens, both of whom rode for the squad, have all confirmed to Cyclingnews that they have not been contacted by UK Anti-Doping. They, and the principal source of allegations of doping within the team, has told a source close to Cyclingnews that he has not been contacted by the anti-doping body. Cyclingnews has seen the majority of evidence between the two sources that confirms this.
Cyclingnews has also seen the testimony in which three members of the Linda McCartney team claim that there was doping within the squad. Speaking to The Times when the investigation was announced, then UKAD CEO Andy Parkinson said: “As is always the case, any information is assessed by UK Anti-Doping for its accuracy and relevance.”
The Times report continued: “UK Anti-Doping’s pursuit of the case is driven partly to establish whether there are any questionable links between the Linda McCartney Foods team and the professional units at the pinnacle of British cycling today.”
Cyclingnews spoke to Sean Yates at the recent Criterium du Dauphine. He currently works for the Tinkoff team and was a director at Team Sky until 2012, before he briefly retired for personal reasons. He confirmed to Cyclingnews that UKAD had not contacted him at any point since their promise to launch their investigation. Yates was part of the management of the team and was their director at the Giro d’Italia in 2000.
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