No charges over ‘mystery’ Wiggins package

Natalie Seymour

There will be no charges over a ‘mystery’ medical package delivered to 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.

A statement on the organisation’s website said: “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 added: “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.”

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 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:

•At some point during the race, a request was made by Dr Freeman for a package to be delivered to him.

•Shane Sutton arranged for Simon Cope to pick up that package and to bring it over to France.

•Mr Cope said it was left for him on a desk at the British Cycling offices sealed in a Jiffy bag. There was a post-it note on the package that said “To Simon, for Dr Richard Freeman”.

•Mr Cope travelled to Manchester to pick up that package, took a flight to Geneva, hired a car and took it to the end stage of the race on 12 June and passed the sealed Jiffy bag over to Dr Freeman.

Wiggins said that, although he was treated with the drug on the evening of 12 June, he did not know what was in the package.

More to follow.

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