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Daily Mail claims that Brailsford tried to kill a story he feared could mark ‘the end of Team Sky’

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Dave Brailsford and Team Sky went before a parliamentary select committee yesterday, to answer questions pertaining to a mystery package delivered to Bradley Wiggins in 2011 while competing in Critérium du Dauphiné. Brailsford told the MPs before him that the package contained Fluimucil.

However, Daily Mail says that Brailsford offered the newspaper an incentive in a desperate bid to stop the publication of a story about a mystery package delivered to Bradley Wiggins.

‘If you didn’t write the story, is there anything else that could be done?’ Brailsford asked Mail reporter Matt Lawton.

Lawton writes: “First came the offer of an alternative, more positive story. Then possibly a story about a rival team winning races with therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) — something he did not reveal in the end.”

“And at the end of the two-and-a-half-hour meeting, Brailsford asked if there was ‘anything else that could be done?’”

Speaking at a Culture, Media and Sport select committee hearing, Brailsford confirmed the nature of a delivery made by British Cycling coach Simon Cope to Team Sky at the 2011 Dauphine Libere after fellow cycling chiefs had pleaded ignorance. The mystery package contained the decongestant Fluimucil, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said.