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Testosterone order to British Cycling could have been intentional

British Cycling pursuit team 2007
Joe Robinson
2 Mar 2018

The Daily Mail reports that evidence from GMC investigation suggests banned drug was ordered by Dr Freeman

The box of testosterone patches that was delivered to the Team Sky and British Cycling headquarters in 2011 could have been intentional, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

It is reported that the General Medical Council independent investigation into British Cycling could have evidence to suggest that the testosterone patches were ordered purposefully by Dr Richard Freeman with a subsequent attempt at a cover-up taking place.

It is later suggested that Freeman and British Cycling contacted the supplier of the testosterone patches, Fit 4 Sport Ltd, asking for them to send an email detailing that the package had been sent in error.

This latest blow comes a year on from British Cycling denying that the patches were supplied on purpose. In an interview with the Sunday Times last March Dr Steve Peters, formerly of British Cycling stated, 'Dr Freeman, responsible for ordering medical supplies, explained that the order had never been placed and so must have been sent in error.

'He contacted the supplier by phone and they confirmed this.'

While the GMC investigation is still ongoing and there remains no evidence that the drug was acquired for the use of any athlete at Team Sky or British Cycling, speculation will mount as to why a drug with such a potent past in the history of cycling landed at the doorstep of British Cycling's HQ. 

Testosterone is a World Anti-Doping Agency banned substance that has deep-rooted connections with cycling, being previously used by Lance Armstrong, David Millar and Michael Rasmussen.

This begs the question as to how much more strain both Team Sky and British Cycling can take. While this GMC investigation continues, Chris Froome and Team Sky see themselves battling an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at last year's Vuelta a Espana that could see the rider handed a ban of up to two years.

This came after the now infamous jiffy bag scandal in which a mysterious package was hand-delivered to Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky at the 2011 Criterium de Dauphine.

While the team argued that the package contained Fluimucil, a decongestive that can be bought over the counter at any pharmacy, there was no evidence to suggest either way.

As can be expected in an on-going investigation, requests for a comment from Team Sky by the Daily Mail were denied.