The UKAD have closed their Team Sky jiffy bag investigation after claiming they were hampered by ‘a lack of accurate medical records being available at British Cycling’.
“No anti-doping charges will be brought in relation to the package as a result of that investigation and all interested parties have been informed accordingly. This will remain the case unless new and material evidence were to come to light”, the UKAD statement reads.
“UKAD’s investigation was particularly challenging in light of a lack of contemporaneous medical records. This aspect of the investigation serves as a reminder to all those responsible for medical record-keeping within sport to ensure that medical record policies are fit for purpose, and that such policies are systematically followed.
On 23 September 2016 UKAD started an investigation following information we had received that a possible anti-doping rule violation may have been committed by Team Sky at the Critérium du Dauphiné in June 2011.
The possible anti-doping rule violation in question concerned the alleged contents of a package that was delivered to Dr Richard Freeman in France. Information was received by UKAD that that package contained a substance called triamcinolone. Triamcinolone is a glucocorticoid that is prohibited in-competition when administered in certain ways.
Throughout the course of its investigation UKAD has interviewed 37 individuals, including current and former employees of British Cycling and Team Sky (riders, medical professionals and other staff), and been provided with and reviewed a voluminous amount of documentation.”
“It’s the worst thing to be accused of as a man of my integrity given what I believe and what I’ve done to get to where I am today,” said Bradley Wiggins earlier this year.
“But… there is an investigation under way and I can’t say too much but that will run its course. Eventually I will get my say and there is a lot to say. It’s going to shock a few people.”