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Simon Cope and Dr Richard Freeman invited to appear in front of Parliamentary committee

British Cycling pursuit team 2007
Jack Elton-Walters
30 Jan 2017

The appearances will follow those by Sir Dave Brailsford, Shane Sutton and Nicole Cooke

Continuing its investigation into potential wrongdoing in cycling, the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has called two new witnesses. 

Simon Cope, the former British Cycling women's coach who delivered the jiffy bag to Bradley Wiggins during the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine, and Dr Richard Freeman, a Team Sky doctor at the time, have been invited to give evidence next month. 

The evidence session is scheduled to take place on Wedneday 22nd February when Nicole Sapstead, the Chief Executive of UK Anti-Doping, will also appear in front of MPs. 

Sapstead will be questioned with regards to the delivery made by Cope to the Team Sky bus at La Toussuire.

According to a statement by the CMS Committee, the head of UKAD has said that she will be able to discuss her organisation's investigation.

What's more, and key to the whole process, UKAD says it will have no objection to the Committee questioning Cope and Freeman aboit its investigation. 

Former professional cyclist Nicole Cooke was the most recent witness to appear before the committee.

She was scathing in her analysis of the situation at British Cycling, and also described herself as having ‘no faith in the actions in support of investigations conducted by UKAD or the testing they conduct.’ 

Chair of the CMS Committee, Damian Collins MP, said: "There is a considerable public interest in UKAD's investigation and it is also important to our inquiry into doping in sport to understand what they have been able to determine from their investiagtion." 

Exact timings of the sessions will be released nearer the day.