UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) officials visited the home of British Cycling on Friday investigating into “allegations of wrongdoings”, the visit has been referred to by the Daily Mail as a ‘drug raid’ but a report by UKAD denied claims of a raid highlighting that the officials were met with “the full cooperation of British Cycling“.
UKAD are believed to be looking into claims made by the Mail that a medical package was delivered to team sky in France by a British Cycling coach in 2011. The “delivery” is alleged to have been made the day that Sir Bradley Wiggins won the Criterium du Dauphine in La Toussuire with Team Sky, claims that the product was applied to Wiggins on the sky team bus following the stage have been denied by both Sir Dave Brailsford and Wiggins himself.
Wiggins has come under scrutiny in recent weeks for his use of triamcinolone under a Therapeutic Use Exemption ruling ahead of the 2011 and 2012 Tour de France and the 2013 Giro d’Italia. Wiggins has been left to defend himself over the timing of injections and his claims that he never used needles as well as the degree of the illness that led to the use of the drugs.
Team Sky are conducting an internal review into the allegations but are “confident there has been no wrongdoing” however did confirm that a coach did travel to La Toussuire and back in a single day with medication for a Team Sky rider. Brailsford claims the coach, Simon Cope, had travelled to meet Olympic Silver medalist Emma Pooley however she was 700 miles away racing in Spain at Emakumeen Bira.
A serious question over the issue is why Team Sky would need to arrange for the medication to come from Britain when medication was readily available in France, also Brailsford’s secondary defense that Wiggins couldn’t have received treatment in the back of the team bus as Wiggins was driven away in a ‘Podium Vehicle’ after he completed his media and anti-doping duties. However confusion has grown due to a Youtube video that seems to show Wiggins outside the team bus in post-race clothing and giving an interview about his victory.
UKAD and British Cycling are now investigating the incident but the allegations have cast a shadow over Wiggins in a year wear he won a Fifth gold medal at the Olympics in Rio making him the only Britain to have one 8 medals overall at the Olympics.
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