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Team Sky Jiffy bag doctor to publish book just before the Tour de France

Joseph Delves
11 Jun 2018

Too ill to appear before Select Committee, Dr Freeman set to address allegations of misuse of medical treatment to enhance performance

The doctor at the centre of the Team Sky Jiffy bag scandal is to release a book, just weeks before the Tour de France. Reportedly addressing many of the questions which the Commons Select Committee into combating doping in sport wished to ask him, its timing could cause maximum embarrassment to Team Sky.

The former team doctor for British Cycling and Team Sky received the notorious Jiffy bag sent from British Cycling's Manchester headquarters to Team Sky at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2011.

He was also responsible for having lost medical records relating to riders during his time at British Cycling.

Having worked for both organisations between 2009 and 2015, Dr Freeman was allowed to resign from his position at British Cycling and subsequently claimed he was too ill to appear before the Government Select Committee into combating doping in sport.

The Line: Where Medicine and Sport Collide is set to be released on 28th June 2018 by publishers Wildfire. In a statement ahead of the book's release, the publisher gave an indication of what to expect.

'In The Line, Dr Freeman reveals the medical principles and practices that helped lead these athletes to success - ideas that we now consider commonplace, but many of which were in fact the doc's own innovations.

'In a sport where there's an ethical line as well as a finishing line, Dr Freeman gives a frank and open account in response to allegations of misuse of medical treatment to enhance performance.'

The Telegraph quoted Select Committee chair Damian Collins MP as saying that, 'it is disappointing that Richard Freeman wants to tell his story, rather than be questioned about it in front of the committee.

'We will take a close ­interest in anything he says which is ­related to our inquiry and report.'