Team Sky admit 'mistakes were made' in medical practices

Phillip Butler
March 8, 2017

Brailsford, the team principal, admitted to "mistakes" regarding the recording of medicines in 2011 but insisted there was a "fundamental difference between process failures and wrongdoing".

Chairman of Team Sky Graham McWilliam has publicly come out in support of embattled team principal Dave Brailsford as the team put out a lengthy statement challenging its critics.

British Cycling and Team Sky are now at the centre of a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) investigation into a "mystery package" delivered for cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.

Following a five-month investigation, UKAP chief Ms Sapstead also said governing body British Cycling had no idea if drugs in its medical store were intended for its riders or Team Sky's.

The team remains embroiled in controversy relating to a "mystery" package which was delivered to then Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné - a race won by Sir Bradley Wiggins - and three therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) granted to Wiggins in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Team Sky say it contained legal decongestant Fluimucil, not corticosteroid triamcinolone, which is used to treat allergies and asthma.

And she said because of this, UKAD was still unsure if Freeman and Wiggins broke anti-doping rules - an allegation both deny.

The British national road race champion in 2015, Peter Kennaugh, agreed with Thomas, adding: "I think all the riders on Team Sky would join me in saying they are completely behind Dave Brailsford".

Brailsford said: "Some members of staff did not comply fully with the policies and procedures that existed at that time".

"However, numerous subsequent assumptions and assertions about the way Team Sky operates have been inaccurate or extended to implications that are simply untrue".

British Cycling, Sky and Wiggins have denied wrongdoing. "Our mission is to race and win clean, and we have done so for eight years".

Geraint Thomas, part of Team Sky since 2010, was one of those offering his full backing.

However, since that explanation emerged in December there has been persistent questions over why the drug was couriered from Manchester to a mountain in the French Alps when it was available in local pharmacies. "It highlights an issue with historic record-keeping where we accept that mistakes were made". In particular, a claim in The Sunday Times that as many as 70 ampoules of triamcinolone were ordered by Team Sky in 2011 alone.

"He was meant to, according to Team Sky policy and a policy that other doctors followed, upload the medical records onto a Dropbox that all doctors had access to".

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