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Bradley Wiggins's doctor attempts to explain excessive drug orders

Dr Richard Freeman, the Team Sky doctor at the centre of the Wiggins package furore, explains excessive triamcinolone orders

Josh Cunningham
3 Mar 2017

Dr Richard Freeman, the Team Sky doctor at the centre of the Bradley Wiggins furore, has explained the reasoning behind large orders of triamcinolone that were made by Team Sky and British Cycling, telling UKAD that other riders and staff members had been treated with the drug. 

The Times has reported that the supposed admission was made to UKAD during its investigations into potential wrongdoing within cycling, with Freeman attributing the excessive amounts of triamcinolone to his treatment of other riders and staff members at both Team Sky and British Cycling.

Wiggins had acquired TUEs for use of the drug (which is banned in competition) during his Team Sky career, but during a CMS Select Committee hearing on Wednesday, UKAD CEO Nicole Sapstead said that records showed much more of the drug had been ordered than would have been necessary for a TUE prescription. 

'You would either think that it was an excessive amount of triamcinolone ordered for one person or quite a few people had a similar problem,' she said. 

While there are records of the triamcinolone being ordered, there are no records of who it was administered to, or how much. 

'We have asked for inventories and medical records, and we have not been able to ascertain that because there are no records,' Sapstead told the Select Committee. 'There are no records kept by Dr. Freeman.'

Regarding the package incident, Sapstead said 'There are no records whatsoever of any treatment during the course of that event [the 2011 Dauphine, where Wiggins was racing when the package was sent].'

UKAD and the Select Committee have been trying to establish what the infamous package contained.

Wiggins himself says he was treated with the decongestant Fluimicil, but that he doesn't know what was in the package, while Dr Freeman says the package contained Fluimicil. 

Similarly to the lack of record keeping associated to the administering of triamcinolone to riders and staff though, without any proof there is no way of establishing the truth.