UK Anti-Doping chief executive tells a government select committee that there are no medical records to confirm the contents of the package
– Bradley Wiggins told UKAD that he received Fluimucil during the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné
UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead appeared before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Wednesday to provide evidence in its on-going investigation into doping in sport.
Wednesday’s proceedings largely centred on the contents of a jiffy bag transported by former British Cycling employee Simon Cope from British Cycling’s HQ in Manchester to the Critérium du Dauphiné in France during 2011.
The package was delivered to former Team Sky medic Dr Richard Freeman at the 2011 Dauphiné on June 12 under the instruction of former technical director Shane Sutton.
Sapstead said that Freeman had told UKAD during its investigation that it contained anti-mucus medicine Fluimucil destined for administration to Bradley Wiggins. Wiggins went on to win the race for Team Sky.
Sapstead told the inquiry that the UKAD investigation into BC and Team Sky revealed that there was no paper trail or medical evidence to support that the package contained Fluimucil.
“We cannot ascertain what was in the package,” Sapstead told MPs during the proceedings.
“Team Sky did have a policy of keeping records, just not everyone was adhering to it.”
According to Sapstead, a laptop computer belonging to Freeman and containing medical records was stolen from him while he was on holiday in 2014.
Sapstead said that they had spoken to Wiggins as part of the investigation. He confirmed that he was treated with Fluimucil on the evening in question, but could not confirm that was what was in the package.
BC physiotherapist Phil Burt, who had originally assembled the package in Manchester, told UKAD that he had “no recollection” of what he put in it.