Team Sky and British Cycling’s reputation ‘in tatters’ after bruising parliamentary hearing –

The credibility of Team Sky and British Cycling was “in tatters” on Wednesday night according to Damian Collins MP, with the General Medical Council now likely to intervene in the ongoing doping investigation into the two organisations.

Collins, the chair of the Culture Media and Sport select committee, was speaking after a devastating two-hour hearing in which UK Anti-Doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead criticised British Cycling, Team Sky and their doctor Richard Freeman for failing to keep proper records of drugs given to riders in their care.

Sapstead, who was delivering a report to MPs on her agency’s five-month investigation into a Jiffy bag which was taken out to Sir Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, said her investigators met with “resistance” in their inquiries, and also raised doubts about a laptop belonging to Freeman, which was allegedly stolen in Greece in 2014. 

The laptop was meant to have Wiggins’s medical records on them. UKAD has been working with Interpol to try to establish the veracity of that claim.

The revelation regarding the lack of record-keeping at British Cycling and Team Sky is particularly troubling as Sapstead revealed that her team had traced a significant amount of the controversial corticosteroid triamcinolone to British Cycling’s headquarters in Manchester, but that there was no record of who it was administered to or for what reason. 


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