Team Sky con­fi­dent UKAD will find no wrong­do­ing

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Team Sky are co-op­er­at­ing fully with a UK Anti-Dop­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a pack­age sent to Bradley Wig­gins at the end of the 2011 Dauphine race and are “con­fi­dent” no wrong­do­ing will be found, they said yes­ter­day.

The Bri­tish team is­sued a state­ment fol­low­ing boss Dave Brails­ford’s cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by a Cul­ture Me­dia and Sport com­mit­tee on Mon­day at which he re­vealed the “mys­tery” pack­age con­tained the over-the-counter de­con­ges­tant Fluimu­cil.

Ear­lier at the same hear­ing for­mer coach Shane Sut­ton con­firmed that the pack­age had con­tained medicine al­though he did not know what it was. Sut­ton said it had been ad­min­is­tered to Wig­gins by team doc­tor Richard Free­man.

“Dave gave pub­lic ev­i­dence to the Se­lect Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day for an hour as part of their in­quiry into anti-dop­ing,” Team Sky said in a state­ment.

“As we have al­ways said we be­lieve what is most im­por­tant is for UKAD to es­tab­lish the truth in­de­pen­dently. We are con­fi­dent that when they re­port it will be clear that there has been no wrong­do­ing.”

Team Sky and Bri­tish Cy­cling have come un­der the spot­light in re­cent months with UKAD launch­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of wrong­do­ing.

A Daily Mail story re­veal­ing that a pack­age had been de­liv­ered by a Bri­tish Cy­cling coach to Team Sky in 2011 fol­lowed shortly af­ter cy­ber hack­ers ac­cessed the World An­ti­Dop­ing Agency (WADA) data­base.

They re­leased de­tails of Ther­a­peu­tic Use Ex­emp­tions (TUEs) is­sued to Wig­gins ahead of the 2011 and 2012 Tour de France and the 2013 Giro d’Italia.

Brails­ford, who prides him­self on Team Sky be­ing the world’s clean­est cy­cling team, ad­mit­ted dur­ing the hear­ing that he had han­dled the sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing the pack­age and Wig­gins’ TUEs badly but in­sisted there had been no in­ten­tion to mis­lead.

He told MPs that an in­voice “should be there” to doc­u­ment the ship­ment of Fluimu­cil - a drug that loosens mu­cus and which is not on WADA’s pro­hib­ited list.

“There’s al­ways lessons to be learned and you start with your­self. I could have done a lot bet­ter quite frankly,” Brails­ford said on Mon­day.

“We have re­viewed all our poli­cies and how we use TUEs in the fu­ture and how do we gain and pro­vide trans­parency while pro­tect­ing com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage.” — Reuters

LON­DON: A video grab from footage broad­cast by the UK Par­lia­ment’s Par­lia­men­tary Record­ing Unit (PRU) shows Team Sky di­rec­tor Dave Brails­ford an­swer­ing ques­tions at a Com­mons se­lect com­mit­tee in Lon­don on Mon­day. Brails­ford is one of six wit­nesses ap­pear­ing be­fore the Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport se­lect com­mit­tee in West­min­ster today as part of its long-run­ning in­quiry into sport’s fight against dop­ing. — AFP

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