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13th September 2015
An investigation by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has prevented British Cycling from providing the evidence it promised to the UK Parliament that a package delivered to Sir Bradley Wiggins ahead of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphiné contained Fluimucil. At a 19 December hearing, British Cycling told the Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Committee that if the package was pharmaceutical, it would be able to provide detailed records of its contents to the CMS Committee in a couple of days.
‘We know Simon Cope travelled to La Toussuire in June 2011 with a medical package which we understand to be Fluimucil for Team Sky’, read a statement provided to the Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Committee of the UK Parliament. ‘To fully investigate this matter now would require British Cycling to access documents and information currently locked down by UKAD investigators […] All matters relating to this medical product within the inquiry are now subject to the on-going investigation by UKAD which we hope will report soon.’
Shane Sutton, British Cycling’s former Technical Director, told the CMS Committee that the package had been requested by Richard Freeman, Wiggins’ doctor, and was delivered by Cope, British Cycling’s women’s road coach. “I believe that he administered the medication”, Sutton told the CMS Committee (written evidence here). UKAD gave the CMS Committee permission to ask Sutton and British Cycling about the contents of the package a day before the hearings, despite its ongoing investigation into the issue.
The evidential package provided by British Cycling to the CMS Committee today showed that British Cycling spent £1,263.90 in sending Simon Cope to France for one day. Fluimucil is a drug not licensed for use in the UK and is not recommended for suffers of asthma, such as Wiggins. Fluimucil is freely available in France, where the Criterium du Dauphiné takes place. It is also freely available in Italy, where Wiggins and Team Sky were heading for a training camp in Sestriere, after the Criterium had finished. There are five pharmacies within 10 kilometres of Sestriere.
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